January 27, 2022

Lacson-Leonardia virtual meeting set

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The discussion to harmonize travel protocols between the highly-urbanized Bacolod City and provincial government of Negros Occidental was welcomed yesterday by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who invited Mayor Evelio Leonardia for a virtual meeting at 3


Evacuation center converted to quarantine facility

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The national government-funded regional evacuation center (REC) in Vista Alegre, Bacolod City is being converted by the Emergency Operations Center into an additional isolation/quarantine facility for COVID-19 positive patients. The P33.7 million facility was originally built


Dead cop’s companion faces murder charges

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Murder charges have been filed by the police against a suspect before the Himamaylan Regional Trial Court on January 25, in connection with the death of a Bacolod City policeman. PCapt. Ryan Villasario, Hinigaran police chief,


PrimeWater VAT imposition opposed

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A resolution reiterating the strong opposition on the imposition of the 12 percent Value Added Tax to water consumers of Bacolod City by Primewater Infrastructure Incorporated was unanimously approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod The resolution


P1.2M in shabu, guns seized

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A series of police operations led to the confiscation of P1.2 million of suspected shabu and unlicensed firearms from seven arrested suspects in different cities and towns of Negros Occidental on January 24 and 25. Policemen


101 TLJPH HCWs, staff in isolation due to COVID

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A total of 101 health care workers and support staff of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental, were placed under quarantine because of COVID-19, disclosed Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action


Newly-promoted Ilonggo general gets key positions

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Newly-promoted PBrig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba got more positions in the Philippine National Police following his promotion. PNP chief Dionardo Carlos has designated Alba to a full-time position as chief of the PNP Public Information Office,


The conversion of St. Paul

January 25 is marked liturgically as the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, one of the very dramatic stories in the history of the Church. It reminds of many things, among them that no matter how much of a


Learning poverty

A World Bank report titled “Prioritizing Learning During COVID-19: The Most Effective Ways to Keep Children Learning During and Post-Pandemic” warned that “without large-scale, effective and swift government action, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on education [would] be catastrophic

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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

Let’s always feel God’s constant love for us

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” (Jn 15,9) Words of Christ that are worth engraving indelibly in our mind and heart. They clearly show us how much God loves us. Imagine, the love that God the

Complaint baseless, frivolous – Albee

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez yesterday dismissed as “baseless and frivolous” the complaints filed by incumbent Mayor Evelio Leonardia before the Comelec, alleging massive vote buying and of allowing fake voters to cast their votes during the

Firetruck serves as bridal car

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO “Worth the wait to finally celebrate.” These were the text printed on the wedding invitation of a Bacolod fire officer who took off with his bride on a firetruck which served as their bridal car, during

PAC transfer faces uncertainty

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The planned transfer of the Provincial Administration Center from its present location in Bacolod City to a purchased property in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, still faces uncertainty almost three years after being awarded to the winning

53 NegOcc brgys retain drug cleared status

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing,composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Departments of Interior and Local Government, as well as Health, reported yesterday that a total of 194 barangays in