September 7, 2021

Bacolod City Hospital gets additional funds

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya thanked House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for the additional funds he committed for the construction of the Bacolod City General Hospital during the latter’s visit to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental on


COVID-19 cases rising anew in WV

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Department of Health – Center for Health and Development 6 reported that COVID-19 cases are rising anew in Western Visayas, especially in highly-urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Iloilo province, from


Negros Occidental logs 2nd Delta fatality

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental logged its second fatality on highly-contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, a 40-year Returning Overseas Filipino. San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo reported that the ROF from Bahrain, with comorbidity, died due to complications on Aug.


Army’s 3ID in Visayas gets new acting commander

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Brig. Gen. Noel Baluyan yesterday took over temporarily the command of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division following the mandatory retirement of its commander, Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya. Army chief Maj. Gen. Andres Centino presided over the


NPC to choose Sy replacement

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said he is just waiting for the decision of the local members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Bacolod City headed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia as to who will replace


Photo of the Day

LANDSCAPING COMPETITION. The La Carlota City Police Station adjudged as first place in the NOCPPO’s landscaping contest in the city category, while La Castellana Police Station tops the municipal category.* PNP photo


Oh, those fault-finders, negative thinkers, etc.

Let’s be wary of our tendency to be fault-finders, negative thinkers, incorrigible critics, etc. This tendency usually springs from a brand of righteousness that is not properly rooted on the real source of righteousness who can only be God, as


The “Ber” months

It feels like a lifetime ago when some of us we were looking forward to the day when the calendar would change in the hope that 2021 would be better than 2020. Now that most of 2021 has passed and


Budget priorities

The Filipino health care workers already up in arms over their long delayed benefits such as their special risk allowance (SRA) that has not yet been fully distributed by the Department of Health in the midst of a raging pandemic


Another lady police chief for Negros city

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Negros Occidental Police Office has another city police chief in the person of Lt. Col. Joem Malong. Malong, former spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, yesterday replaced Lt. Col. Joel Batusbatusan as police chief

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Customs intensifies meat watch

The Bureau of Customs stepped up its efforts of intercepting meat and meat products without import permits to protect the local industry and prevent the entry of food that may contain diseases, in line with its mandate to safeguard the

Scholars advised to spend wisely

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday exhorted student-grantees of the government’s Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) to spend their money wisely and not waste the financial assistance they received on any gambling activity because it is intended for their essential educational needs.

Young voters urged to register

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday urged young Bacolod voters, especially the first-timers, to make sure that they have already registered at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) before the end of September. The poll body has set a September 30 deadline

‘Free and brave’ vs. the COVID?

A bit of good news I heard recently was that Boracay is open again to tourists and vacationists. But is that really good news? Is there any assurance, not only from its government officials, but the Health Department that all

Duterte appoints Arevalo as new 3ID chief

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Maj. Gen.  Benedict Arevalo is back in Western Visayas, as commanding general of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. The designation of Arevalo as incoming 3ID commander effective September 6 was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, as

UN: PH is pilot case for ‘anticipatory action’ on cyclones

The United Nations has selected the Philippines as a pilot case for the implementation of “anticipatory action” to address cyclone-related disasters. “(The) Philippines was selected as pilot case for the implementation of anticipatory action to address natural disaster. UN Philippines