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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Radiomen dominate NPC elections

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod radio broadcasters dominated this year’s Negros Press Club election with Aquilino “Boy” Ciocon of RPN 8 having been elected as incoming president for the year 2022 to 2023. Ciocon garnered 48 votes over Eden Aboso

Manapla awards ‘Barangay ko, Love ko’ winners

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN From ten participating puroks, Zone 6 was hailed as the champion, bringing home P30,000 in cash prize during the recent cleanliness, gardening and beautification competition in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla, supported by the Victorias Milling Company (VMC).

Province eyes re-bidding of Capitol transfer

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The proposed transfer of the new Provincial Administration Center at the provincial government property in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, may not be as soon as expected. This is because the Government Procurement Policy Board wants a

‘No vaxx, no ride’ on Ceres buses

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), which operates Ceres Liner passenger buses in Visayas and Mindanao, yesterday started to implement the “no vaccine, no ride” policy of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that it said to protect

PH auto industry grows 20% in 2021

The local automotive industry has registered a 20-percent increase in sales for the full year of 2021, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) reported yesterday. Local car assemblers ended last year