December 2021

NHA extends P90M assistance to Negros typhoon victims

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The rehabilitation effort of the provincial government of Negros Occidental on typhoon-affected areas got a boost after it received yesterday P90 million assistance from the National Housing Authority (NHA) John Leo Solinap, NHA –Region 6 Chief


Negros Occ may reach herd immunity by January

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN If there is no hindrance, Negros Occidental is expected to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 in January next year, according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang. If not for the typhoon Odette, Tumimbang said the


Mambukal Resort temporarily closed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Mambukal Mountain Resort and Wildlife Sanctuary in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental has been temporarily closed again for clearing and repair of damage caused by typhoon Odette. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said they are


Rizal Day activities set

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia will lead city officials and Department of Education executives in the commemoration of the 125th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal today. The three-part program is anchored on the theme, “Jose Rizal: Inspirasyon sa


COS, JO workers to receive gratuity pay

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Good news for contract of service (COS) and job order (JO) workers of the Negros Occidental provincial government. President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday authorized the grant of gratuity pay to COS and JO workers in the government.


Relief ops in Sipalay City

The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists Inc. (PAMET) Negros Occidental Chapter and Project C.A.R.E.S. (Community Activities Reaching to Everyone through Services) Inc. through its outreach program Bangon Negros “Typhoon Odette” Relief Operations in collaboration with NOcPPO and PNP-Sipalay distributed relief


Perseverance in our commitments

The gospel story of Anna, the prophetess, (cfr. Lk 2,36-40) gives us the precious lesson of how important it is to persevere in our commitments. It that story, it is said that she was already advanced in years and never


Still high risk

As COVID-19 case numbers shot up by 11 percent globally last week, the World Health Organization warned that the risk posed by the Omicron variant is still “very high.” Although the Philippines claims to have detected only a handful of


‘Gugma’ exhibit

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Various artworks of 20 Negrense artists are currently on exhibit at the Gugma Arthub and Coffee Shop at Hernaez Avenue, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City from December 21 to January 15, 2022. Titled “Gugma” or love, the

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BCPO Police Station 8 jail visits suspended

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Following the discovery of attempts by some inmates to escape from the Bacolod City Police Office Station 8 custodial facility, the police has suspended all visits to the inmates until further notice. This was after policemen

Wage hike for WV private workers, househelp

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas has endorsed to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) up to P450 daily minimum wage for workers in private establishments and P500 monthly increase for the salary of

Auto industry backs zero-duty on EVs

The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) has welcomed the proposal to suspend the most-favored-nation (MFN) tariff on completely built-up electric vehicles, as this will help the growth and adoption of e-vehicles in the country. In a

No Omicron subvariant reported in Bacolod

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Health Office said there are no reported cases of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the city. Dr. Edwin Miraflor yesterday said they have not received any confirmatory test from the

Tan meets GMA, presumptive VP Sara

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Former Bacolod councilor Ricardo Tan was invited by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) during a dinner she and her family hosted for presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte Thursday in Manila. Also present were former First Gentleman

Yulo: More ‘arterial roads’ in 5th district hinterlands

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The construction of “arterial roads”, especially in the hinterlands of the 5th district of Negros Occidental, will be given attention by Representative-elect Emilio “Dino” Yulo. Yulo said “roads are very important in the development and progress,