June 27, 2022

Lacson vows to rebuild amid pandemic

Newly-elected officials of Negros Occidental (left to right) Board Members Valentino Miguel Alonso, Samson Mirhan, Anton Occeno, Rommel Debulgado, Araceli Somosa, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Board Members Rita Gatuslao, Manuel Frederick Ko, Andrew Montelibano, Sixto Pal Guanzon, Jeffrey Tubola, Andrew Martin Torres and Jose Benito Alonso.*


NIR creation thru EO mulled

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The initial reestablishment of Negros Island Region maybe fast tracked through the issuance of an executive by the Office of the President, as recommended by the Department of Interior and Local Government, before its passage into


Detained Moises Padilla officials granted bail

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Guihulngan Regional Trial Court in Negros Oriental has granted bail of P200,000 each against four Moises Padilla officials, who were charged for murder, in connection with the death of a municipal councilor in 2019. Respondents


Leonardia inaugurates P33.3-M in projects

Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran inaugurated several projects in the city totaling P33.3 million Friday. Leonardia, who resides along Rosario Street in Barangay 38, walked down memory lane as he led


Bacolod faces P302M NTA share cut

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Like other local government units all over the country, highly-urbanized Bacolod City also faces a P302 million reduction in National Tax Allocation share, formerly known as Internal Revenue Allotment, in 2023, disclosed Mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez.


Villamonte fire razes home

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An early morning fire razed a house in Calamansi Street, Capitol Heights Subdivision, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City yesterday. The Bureau of Fire estimated the damage caused by the fire that started at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday


Always open to God’s will and ways

Indeed, we always have to be open to God’s will and ways that oftentimes can be quite challenging and unattractive, since they demand everything from us. They require a lot of sacrifice. We just have to realize as quickly as


Financial lifeline

The Philippines and other Asia-Pacific economies reliant on remittances were urged by the Asian Development Bank to consider implementing policy reforms and boost digitalization efforts to ensure that money sent from abroad remains strong and resilient despite the pandemic. An

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149 neophyte soldiers complete training

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division further strengthened its anti-insurgency campaign in Western and Central Visayas following the completion of training of 149 more soldiers on August 9 at Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz.

PAC building completion in 3 years

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The construction of the new Capitol Provincial Administration Center at Gatuslao-Calamba Streets in Bacolod City, is targeted for completion within three years, disclosed Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa yesterday. Mapa said the excavation for the foundation of

Bacolod considering Manokan Country development

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The proposal of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. to develop the Manokan Country at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City through a public-private-partnership is one of the proposals being considered by the Bacolod City Government. Bacolod Mayor

SP asks for list of city’s scholars, grades

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang is urging the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) thru the office of Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez to provide the SP a list of all city scholars with their corresponding latest grade point

Capitol, Bacolod Diocese pledge to protect environment

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental and Diocese of Bacolod yesterday signed a partnership agreement that will ensure environmental protection and sustainable resource management of the province’s ecosystems. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who signed the partnership

Power struggle

Earlier this week the entire cities of Silay and Talisay, which make up a significant chunk of the supposedly progressive Metro Bacolod area of this island, were plunged into an unscheduled power blackout that lasted more than 12 hours. I