January 19, 2022

3 nabbed for selling fake vaccination cards

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A joint entrapment operation implemented by the police and City Health Office on January 17 led to the arrest of three suspects at Locsin Street, Brgy. 24, Bacolod City, allegedly for selling fake vaccination cards. The


Hospital occupancy rate increasing

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The occupancy rate of Cadiz District Hospital, designated as a COVID-19 facility in Negros Occidental, rose to 62. 67 percent, according to Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz. But Diaz said he noted


BCGC ordered disinfected

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO All offices at the Bacolod City Government Center closed at about 4.p.m. yesterday after Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the disinfection of the whole facility, City Administrator Edward Joseph Cuansing said yesterday. Cuansing said three city


Man abducted in Bago, farmer shot dead

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Unidentified suspects reportedly abducted a person yesterday identified by the police as Johnson Ciervo Garfil at Purok Margarita in Brgy. Abuanan, Bago City, Negros Occidental. The 32-year-old victim, who is a resident of Brgy. Ara-al, La


Fighting legalism and formalism

We need to be keenly aware of these common dangers and do everything to protect ourselves from them and to fight them, since they will always be around, given our human condition here on earth. The secret again is to


Eliminating human trafficking

The Bureau of Immigration reports that its officers at airports rescued 688 possible victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment in 2021. In addition, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the agency deferred the departure of 13,680 passengers last year, mostly


Trouble in travel

As much as I would love to hop on a plane, I’m hesitant due to the multiplication of health protocols that seem to change daily. From change of departure dates to flight schedule, the length of time since your last


BOI sets P1-T investment approval target for 2022

The Board of Investments (BOI) is confident of hitting the P1-trillion mark investment approvals this year after the setbacks that happened in 2021 due to the pandemic. Trade Secretary and BOI chair Ramon Lopez is optimistic about the outlook following

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Writer donates book

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Negrense writer Ed Gulmatico donated a book titled “Tears and Joy Memoirs” to several schools in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. The book he wrote about his life was published by Amazon Publishing (Books) way in

Seminary hosts Padre Pio art exhibit

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, home of the grotto of St. Padre Pio, led by parish priest Rev. Fr. Angelo Ansula and devotees, is hosting a group art exhibit titled Exhibit 2022 Padre Pio:

Loss of Philippine film icon mourned

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental and highly urbanized city of Bacolod mourned the loss veteran actress Susan Roces, who has been dubbed the “Queen” of the Philippine Movies. “Negros Occidental will always be honored and proud that the Queen

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

BIR inspects firms incentivized with back-to-office work

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has created a task force to ensure that registered business enterprises (RBEs) in the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) sector currently enjoying tax incentives are complying with the requirement under the law for them

Bing files election protest

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia sought a manual recount of all 450 clustered precincts and further asked the Commission on Elections to declare “failure of elections” and conduct special polls in Bacolod City, due to massive vote-buying and fake voters being