October 18, 2021

P3.25B Bacolod budget hearing today

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Finance and Appropriations will hold a virtual committee hearing on the P3.250 billion Executive Budget for 2022 today. Councilor Cindy Rojas, committee chairperson, said next year’s budget is an increase


Incentives encouraged for fully vaccinated Bacolodnons

The Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) is encouraging hotels, restaurants, and other business establishments in Bacolod City to offer incentives such as discounts and freebies to fully vaccinated customers to attract more people to get COVID jabs. The task force


Oct. 19 not a holiday

October 19 is no longer a special non-working holiday in Bacolod City by virtue of Republic Act 11146, signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on November 9, 2018, declaring June 18, 1938 as the correct date of the Bacolod City


Bacolod has new city administrator

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Secretary to the Mayor Edward Joseph Cuansing now sits as the City Administrator of Bacolod City after his appointment was concurred in by the Sangguniang Panlungsod during its regular session Wednesday. Cuansing was appointed by Mayor


Negros Occidental curfew stays

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Despite easing out of COVID-19 restrictions, Negros Occidental will retain its curfew hours and capacity limitations on business establishments, disclosed Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. Lacson said some experts believe that it is too early to place


More Moderna jabs arrive

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental reported during the weekend that it has received an additional 17,000 doses of Moderna vaccines from the national government on Oct. 15 The vaccines are now being stored at the


Photo of the Day

GREEN FIELDS. A drone shot shows the patterns created by the island’s sugarcane fields that remain the lifeblood of the Negros economy.* John Kimwell Laluma/CCN photo


Christian poverty and the things of this world

While it’s true that Christ told the rich young man, and us, to “sell everything and give to the poor…and come, follow me,” (Mk 10,21), we need to understand that the Christian spirit of poverty and detachment does not prevent


True greatness

For the past Sundays, we have followed Jesus as he journeys towards Jerusalem to accomplish his saving mission. The apostles interpret this to mean that Jesus will finally establish the long-expected messianic kingdom. Jesus tells them, however, that in Jerusalem

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7 Negrense travelers from South Africa under isolation

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Seven more Negrense travelers from South Africa are being held for isolation by the Bureau of Quarantine in Manila, as three South African consultants of BioPower company in Negros Occidental, and a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF)

1st batch of polymer banknotes expected April ‘22

The first batch of Philippine peso banknotes will arrive in the country by April next year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said in a briefing yesterday. Diokno said the BSP and the Reserve Bank of Australia and

San Carlos acquires patrol-rescue boat

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The city government of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental has purchased a brand-new patrol and rescue boat to secure its coastal areas and for emergency purposes. The brand new 36 Interceptor Open Fast Patrol &

P483T in shabu seized in San Carlos, Silay

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen seized P483,000 worth of suspected shabu from three drug suspects who were separately arrested on November 28 and 29 in cities of San Carlos and Silay, all in Negros Occidental. The buy-bust operation at Centermall


One of the less funny issues that blew up last week was the ugly spat between the government officials of Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental over the S-PaSS requirement. The trouble stemmed from conflicting policies regarding the

Imposition of 12% VAT by Primewater opposed

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is strongly opposing the move of Primewater Infrastructure Incorporated through its Joint Venture Agreement with the Bacolod City Water District to impose a 12 percent Value Added Tax to water consumers of