November 25, 2021

Leonardia turns to DILG for S-PaSS relief

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government to direct the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental “to avoid implementing the S-PaSS (Swift, Safe, Smart Passage) requirement” for Bacolod-bound travelers via different airline companies. Leonardia was


Respect decision to retain S-PaSS – Lacson

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called for respect of the decision of the provincial government requiring Negros inbound passengers, including Bacolod City residents passing through the airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental, to have S-PaSS registration.


Bacolodnons urged to vaccinate

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is exhorting Bacolodnons to take part in the November 29 to December1 National Vaccination Day in a bid to fast-track the government’s goal to achieve herd immunity. Leonardia’s call was echoed by Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy


Rebel-cleared brgys get farm-to-market roads

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three rebel-cleared remote barangays in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental got farm to market roads, courtesy of the Support to the Barangay Development Program of the National Task Force – Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict. Brig.


Vax policies scored as anti-labor

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Government pronouncements on vaccination are causing confusion to labor and management, GAWA secretary general Wennie Sancho said yesterday. The situation under the pandemic has drastically reduced the real wage of workers, he said. Sancho said the


Photo of the Day

LIGHTS ON. SMHCC executive Peggy Angeles, Bacolod City Administrator Edward Joseph Cuansing and Park Inn by Radisson general manager Sherwin Lucas (l-r) led the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod Tuesday*


Endure, persevere with faith and hope

Given the fact that we have already been warned by Christ that the world will end badly and that in our life, we will always have some trouble, (cfr. Lk 21,12-19) we should be properly prepared for this condition in


Get vaxxed!

The Department of Health highlighted the importance of vaccination as it reported on Monday that 93.49 percent of COVID-19 related deaths recorded between March 1 and November 14 this year involved individuals who were not fully inoculated. “COVID-19 severe and


S-PaSS advisory slammed

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has apparently submitted to what passengers have described as the “whims” of Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II and the provincial government for insisting that an S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) is required when Bacolod-bound travelers

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JV Ejercito admits uphill battle to Senate

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Unfazed by what he described as an “uphill battle” in the senatorial race, former Senator Juan Victor (JV) Ejercito yesterday said that he has still a mission to fulfill, which is the completion of the Universal

The Age of Omicron

After imposing one of the world’s longest, strictest, and oftentimes most irrational lockdown and quarantine restrictions, the Philippines is finally starting to reopen and the way we are doing it is honesty quite scary. When I was at our local

NegOcc keeps 1st place in Day 2 of WV vax drive

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental remains on top of the list on Day 2 of the three-day National Vaccination Day among all provinces and highly-urbanized cities in Western Visayas, in terms of vaccinated individuals, as of November 30. The

Marijuana plants uprooted

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen uprooted marijuana plants in two plantations sites discovered on November 29 in Purok Mangium, Brgy. Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. PLt. Col. Arnel Solis, regional police spokesperson, yesterday said that the two marijuana plantation

What if Santa met you

The buzz this week was the Norwegian Post’s Christmas ad that had eyelashes blinking globally. A nod to the movie “When Harry Met Sally” the story begins with an elderly man meets a gay Santa by his living room’s fireplace.

God’s providence

If there’s anything we can learn from that beautiful gospel episode of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (cfr. Mt 15,29-37), it surely is that God will always provide for our needs and limitations. He will, in fact, do