January 28, 2022

7 Capitol execs, employees face charges before Ombudsman

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz yesterday dismissed complaints filed against him and six other Capitol employees as “politically-motivated.” He also described it as a product of imagination of complainants, being used for “political purposes.” Diaz


Mahinay’s frat brods call for justice

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Officers and members of the Alpha Kappa Rho or Akrho Hinobaan Chapter are seeking justice for the death of their fraternal brother. Akrho-Hinobaan adviser Molave Candulisas said Ulysis “Esik” Mahinay, who was an organizer and leader


Poll bets sign peace covenant

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Incumbent local officials and other political aspirants for the May 9 elections in Negros Occidental yesterday signed a peace covenant for honest, orderly and peaceful elections at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, witnessed by


The parable of the sower

What lessons does the parable of the sower (cfr. Mk 4,1-20) teach us? I suppose there are many. But one of them, for sure, is that we have to be prudent in our efforts to do a lot of good


Alternative solutions

I was recently told my column last week on the unvaxxed touched some nerves and got a number of strong reactions after it was posted on Facebook. I believe some commenters were so mad they resorted to name-calling and ad


Sustaining meager growth

The country’s agriculture sector shrank by 1.7 percent in 2021 despite increased production in the last three months, mainly due to the 17 percent slump in the production of the livestock sector that continues to reel from the adverse effects


Over 83K NegOcc farmers enrolled in crop insurance

Some 83,247 farmers in Negros Occidental have been enrolled in the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP) as of the end of 2021, based on the latest data of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). Dina Genzola, officer-in-charge

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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

WV wage hike takes effect June 5

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Department of Labor and Employment – Western Visayas announced yesterday that the wage orders for the increase in wages of workers in the private sector, as well as salaries of Kasambahays in Region 6, will

Murcia turns over new ambulance, service vehicle

In line with his program to continually upgrade the mobility of local offices in the municipality, re-elected Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas and Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura turned over recently a brand-new ambulance and pick-up service vehicle to the Rural Health Unit

San Carlos showcases heritage bread as a delicacy

A coconut-filled bread locally known as “salbaro” has been recognized by the City of San Carlos in Negros Occidental as a heritage delicacy yesterday in observance of the National Heritage Month this May. Mainly made of flour, sugar, and grated


One of my teenaged kids’ concerns with the new administration that we presume will be led Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Sara Duterte is the return of mandatory ROTC, or the defunct Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and the possibility of mandatory