September 14, 2021

DOH-CHD6: Bacolod high risk, NegOcc moderate

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 3, while Bacolod City is now on Alert Level 4, with health care utilization rate at high risk, according to a report of the Department of Health Center for


Armed men burn heavy equipment

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Seven unidentified suspects burned a heavy equipment in Sitio Bulod, Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on Sept. 11. PLt. Col. Romeo Vargas, Himamaylan City police chief, however, said that the suspects spared the heavy equipment


Grade 10 student dies, hazing suspected

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The three suspects who recruited a Grade 10 student in San Enrique, Negros Occidental to join a fraternity, strongly denied allegations that they were behind his death as a result of initiation rites, town police deputy


P100M Infectious Diseases Center up for TLJPH

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Mayor Mark Golez, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez and Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa led the groundbreaking rites of the P100M Infectious Diseases Center at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental.* Capitol PIO photo


Leonardia meets brgy heads

Concerned over the three-digit figure rise of COVID-19 infections for  three consecutive days, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia called on 20 barangay captains for an urgent online meeting late last week to discuss the sudden surge despite the local government’s


Bacolod logs 6 new Delta cases

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod City has detected six new delta variant of the COVID-19 virus which brings the total number of patients infected with the delta variant to 21. Bacolod City Administrator Em Ang, concurrent executive director of the



One feature that we have learned to strengthen in our homes and offices as we navigate the challenges brought about by the COVID pandemic is redundancy. Making sure that our homes are resistant to the hiccups, failures and outages that


School in summer?

As I was starting to write this column, news flashed on TV that schools in the country will open in September. Imagine how happy students, especially those in the lower grades will be to hear that. Several weeks more of


Opening schools

United Nations Children’s Fund Philippines chief of education Isy Faingold urged the Philippine government to draw from the experiences of other countries in safely reopening schools because the costs of prolonged school closure outweigh its benefits. Faingold noted how Indonesia,


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.

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DTI offers livelihood programs for displaced workers

The Department of Trade and Industry is ready to help Filipinos that lost their jobs amid the pandemic through its agencies’ livelihood programs. In a Palace briefing Tuesday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the department is distributing livelihood kits worth

Dumaguete port passes surveillance audit

The Bureau of Customs Cebu-Subport of Dumaguete, the first Subport to obtain ISO Certification, successfully maintained its ISO-Certified status after breezing through the Surveillance Audit conducted by TüvSüd Management Service recently. At the end of the Audit, TüvSüd’s Lead Auditor,

37.7M COVID doses jabbed

The Philippines has administered 37,728,114 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines nationwide as of September 9, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 reported on Friday. The National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard data showed 21,589,180 received their first dose while 16,138,934 have

BSP, AFD sign P41.3M financial inclusion grant

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed a grant facility agreement of 700,000 Euros (around P41.3 million) aiming at supporting the BSP to increase capacities for financial inclusion, especially among rural and women-owned enterprises.  The BSP was

60-ft Holy Cross to rise at La Castellana park

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The development of the Mandayao Panorama Park, which is being envisioned by Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan as the tourism hub of La Castellana in Negros Occidental, continues with more added attractions being constructed, and the majestic

Stocks decline on profit taking; peso unchanged

Profit-taking led to another negative close of the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) after the main gauge hit the 7,000-level mid-trade Tuesday, but the peso managed to remain firm against the US dollar.  The main equities index slipped by 0.69