September 13, 2021

More hospitals lack manpower, beds

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City has issued an advisory on Sept. 11 that its allocated COVID-19 isolation beds have already reached maximum capacity. As much as we want to cater all

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Tourism Month kicks off

The Province of Negros Occidental kicks off the 2021 Tourism Month celebration with Gov. Eugenio Lacson turning over the tourist restroom at the terminal area in the town of Calatrava including safety health protocol stickers for accommodation establishments and tourism

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The kiss of Jesus

Today’s reading indicates a turning point in Mark’s gospel. For some time now, the disciples have been faithfully following Jesus as an extraordinary preacher and a powerful healer. Although they do not yet know him fully, they have an inkling

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‘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

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A learning crisis or opportunity?

Manila-based Asian Development Bank called on governments to focus on providing more support for teachers in developing economies like the Philippines to ensure that educational challenges are addressed. ADB said in its latest blog that increasing support for educators is

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Vista Alegre house damaged by fire

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bureau of Fire Protection responded to a fire call at about 8:27 a.m. yesterday in Vista, Alegre, Bacolod City due to a fire incident that was started by a 13-year-old boy with down syndrome. Bacolod

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NPC rolls out community pantry

The Negros Press Club yesterday spearheaded the rollout of a “Unity” Community Pantry for 200 residents of Barangay Vista Alegre in Bacolod City. NPC president Yves Montecillo said that the activity held at the Vista Alegre-Granada Relocation Elementary School (VAGRES)

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Gov’t preps for vaccination of 12-17 age group

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Diokno shares PH efforts towards post-COVID economy

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2 top NPA leaders neutralized, 10 others freed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The elite Special Action Force commandos of the Philippine National Police declared to have inflicted a major blow to the South West Front of the Komiteng Rehiyonal- Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor, following the death and capture of its top

PSEi reverses gains, peso keeps footing vs dollar

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Javi declares bid for Victorias mayoralty post

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Movie actor and television personality Javier “Javi” Benitez, son of former Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, formally declared yesterday his bid for the mayoralty post of Victorias City in Negros Occidental. “I will be running for

CHMSC turns over PPE, soap, face masks to partners

Carlos Hilado Memorial State College turned over 500 sets of Personal Protective Equipment to its institutional partners who are in the frontline of the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in a ceremony held on September 16, 2021, at the