September 3, 2021

Neg. Occ. budget to increase by P1.4-B – Lacson

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The budget of the provincial government of Negros Occidental is projected to increase by P1.4 billion next year, because of the Mandanas ruling, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson revealed yesterday. Lacson said all the collections of the


VMC denies accusations

The rehabilitated lagoons in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla is filled with lush vegetation and has become a fishing ground, dispelling claims of pollution.* Ronnie Baldonado photo


Lizares: I’m for Lacson-Ferrer tandem

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor Neil Lizares of Talisay City yesterday was added to the list of mayors in Negros Occidental, who expressed their support to the continues tandem of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who is affiliated with Love Negros,


Pa kills son in ‘self-defense’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A sexagenarian man surrendered to the police at about 11 p.m. Wednesday after he shot dead his son in an apparent case of self defense in Murcia town, Negros Occidental P/Captain Gerald Muya, officer-in charge


DSWD distributes P10-M in cash

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed at least 10 million in financial assistance under the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program to several residents in various barangays in Bacolod yesterday. Bacolod


9 more establishments get safety seal

The third batch of establishments found compliant with minimum public health standards received their Safety Seal Certificates from the Bacolod City Government Wednesday. These include PanAsiatic Solutions, Jollibee (CyberCenter), Just Gold (SM City), Jollibee (Gatuslao), Ysa Aesthetics and Wellness (Ayala


Bing visits wake of slain policeman

Mayor Evelio Leonardia today, September 2, extolled slain P/Staff Sgt. Joseph Nepomuceno for being an exemplary member of the Bacolod City Police Office, citing him for his honesty, bravery and integrity in the war against illegal drugs. Leonardia visited the


Happy campers

One leisure activity that has gained popularity because of the COVID-19 pandemic is camping. The great, well-ventilated and socially-distanced outdoors that we used to ignore in favor of the air-conditioned temples of crass commercialism have suddenly become viable options for


Afghans into Americans?

Whenever I think or see reports about what is happening in Afghanistan, I remember that our country, too, was once upon a time, invaded by the Japanese. And although we were then under the United States, there were never any


Income crunch

The third phase of the COVID-19 Pulse PH conducted by the United Nations Development Program Philippines and Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 revealed that poor Filipinos are barely recovering after more than a year into the pandemic. UNDP Philippines said 60

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When positivity sucks

“I have never undergone a COVID-19 test ever since the pandemic began.” Does this statement make me a lucky person or does it make me a poor unfortunate soul? I guess it depends on how you look at it. On

Bacolod gets new acting election officer

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Commission on Elections VI has designated Sipalay Election Officer Adrian Arellano as acting election officer of Bacolod City from Sept. 21 to 25. Arellano was directed by Wilfredo Jay Balisado, Comelec regional director, to replace

Armed men shoot laborer dead

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Six unidentified armed men shot and killed a laborer on September 15 in Sitio Tabuan, Brgy. San Isidro, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental. Initial police investigations showed that six armed men dragged the victim identified as Dionesio

Medical frontliners to join protest

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Members of the Medical Frontliners Alliance of Negros (MFAN) will be joining a nationally coordinated protest on September 21 calling for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for failure of the government to grant

Zayco tests COVID-19 positive

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and several other Negros Occidental local officials yesterday went on isolation after Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco tested positive for COVID-19. Lacson and Zayco were among those who attended the Love Negros

Reso filed to address healthcare workers’ plight

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A resolution requesting Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to look into the plight of professional healthcare frontliners in Bacolod City to avert an imminent breakdown of the city’s healthcare services, was proposed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr.