January 11, 2022

Gun ban violator arrested in Kabankalan

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The first Comelec gun ban violator was arrested by the police on Sunday night at a checkpoint at highway Mabinay in Brgy. 9, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Nabbed was Cristopher Gaisen, 21,


1,135,731 Negrenses vaccinated

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN As the provincial government targets the achievement of herd immunity against COVID-19 by February this year, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang reported yesterday that 1,135,731 Negrenses have already been vaccinated with at least one dose,


LGBT group backs Grupo Progreso

The 800-member Banaag LGBT declared its support to congressional aspirant Danny Atayde and the re-election bids of Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, standard bearers of Grupo Progreso. Led by Lyndon Tupas, president of Banaag LGBT, an


Rotary extends assistance to Kabankalan, Sipalay

As part of their continuing effort to assist Typhoon Odette victims in southern Negros Occidental, the Rotary District 3850 Disaster Response Team delivered various items in the cities of Kabankalan and Sipalay on January 9. First stop was in Brgy.


EDC continues relief operations to Odette-hit communities

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Lopez-led geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) continues to extend its pampamilyang malasakit by conducting relief operations for its partner communities in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental that were affected by Typhoon Odette in December last


Christ-centered education

Christ entered a synagogue and started to teach, and the people were astonished at his teaching since he taught with authority, unlike how their other teachers were teaching. (cfr. Mk 1,21-28) This gospel episode somehow reminds us about the qualities


Close calls

Despite our government’s delaying tactic that mostly included full-on denial, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is most definitely in our communities, happily transmitting as infectiously as it possibly can in a country where non-existent testing and contact tracing made it


Expecting costlier healthcare

A survey of 209 medical insurers from 61 countries by global advisory and brokerage firm Willis Towers Watson (WTW) expects employer-sponsored healthcare benefits costs that are usually insured under insurance providers to rise a projected 14.4 percent on average this

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Dengue cases up 126 percent

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported yesterday that dengue cases in Negros Occidental increased by 126 percent in Negros Occidental from January to May 7 this year, compared to the same period last year. PHO recorded

4-day province-wide vaccination eyed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A 4-day province wide vaccination activity that aims to increase further the number of inoculated individuals in Negros Occidental, was proposed by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. Health experts warned

Duterte OKs law protecting financial consumers

Financial consumers will now have more protection against cybercrime under a new law signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Republic Act (RA) No. 11765 or the “Financial Products and Services Consumer Protection Act”, signed by Duterte on May 6, recognizes

Negrense SRA head to be pushed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 5th District Representative-elect Emilio “Dino” Yulo yesterday said that he will push for a Negrense to head the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). The term of SRA chief Hermenegildo Serafica is expected to end on

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

8.3% GDP growth to bolster biz confidence

An economist of Juwai IQI Global has seen the country’s 8.3-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first quarter of the year as a good launch pad for the next administration to pursue its economic agenda. The chief economist