June 28, 2022

Negrense recommended for next SRA chief

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A Negrense has been recommended to replace Herminigildo Serafica as head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration. Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers Federation (UNIFED), however, refused to identify the Negrense, whom he recommended to


Diaz expects NIR budget inclusion in 2023 GAA

If Negros Island Region will be created through an executive order ahead for its passage through legislation, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said he expects its budget will be included in the 2023 General Appropriations Act. Diaz said that


Advocate scores Ceneco management

In a press release furnished to the Visayan Daily Star The secretary general of Power Watch Negros believes that radical measures are needed to restore trust and confidence in Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) as a distribution utility (DU). Wennie


New police chiefs for Silay City, Hinigaran

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN PLt. Col. Mark Anthony Darroca, former chief of the regional Drug Enforcement Unit, is the new police chief of Silay City, Negros Occidental. Darroca yesterday replaced PLt. Col. Robert Petate, who was reassigned to the Negros


Negros Occ infra projects to get boost from WB

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The funds needed for implementing infrastructure projects during the second term of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson are expected to get a boost from the World Bank, through its Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), disclosed Provincial Administrator


Comrades kill former rebel

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The ambush-slay of former rebel Jimmy dela Cruz, alias Ka Guanzon, in Sitio Binabuyan, Brgy. Cambayobo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, was claimed by the Roselyn Pelle Command-Northern Negros Guerilla Front. In a statement, rebel spokesperson Cecille Estrella


3 siblings arrested for illegal drugs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three siblings have been arrested by the police on Sunday during a buy bust operation at Rivera Street in Brgy. 3, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The three apprehended siblings, who are now facing charges for violation


Whatever happens, trust God always

“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. (Mt 8,26) These words of Christ, addressed to his apostles who were terrified when their boat


Active transportation

After seeing the failure that are the so-called “bike lanes” of Bacolod City and Negros Occ., it was a surprise to see the LGUs of the Metro Manila cities putting a little bit more effort into having their version of

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NPA camp seized, soldiers recover more guns

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Army soldiers seized a New People’s Army camp after another encounter ensued yesterday in Sitio Bulasot, Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. Lt. Col. Van Donald Almonte, 94th Infantry Battalion commander, disclosed that pursuit operations focused

Rotary Club of Bacolod celebrates 85 years of service

The Rotary Club of Bacolod, the fourth oldest humanitarian organization in the Philippines of the Rotary International, held its 85th Charter Anniversary and 83rd Induction Ceremony on July 17, at O’ Hotel, Bacolod City. The event, opened by Lifechanging President

Intellectual property filings in H1 2022 surpass pre-COVID level

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reported yesterday that the number of intellectual property registration from January to June 2022 increased from last year and even exceeded the pre-pandemic level. Intellectual property filings in the first half of

I did not seek this position – Valderrama

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama yesterday clarified that he neither sought nor even considered the possibility of having been appointed as planters’ representative to the Sugar Regulatory Administration Board. Valderrama made the disclosure in an open letter, in

Sen. Marcos calls for DA reshuffle

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Senator Imee Marcos wants an immediate reshuffle of Department of Agriculture top officials, following what she calls the “unauthorized and fraudulent” use of the Office of the President to justify the importation of sugar. Malacañang issued

WCOPA 2022 outstanding vocal coach is a Sipalaynon

Vocal and music teacher Elipas Sibua won the 2022 Outstanding Vocal Coach of the Year during the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 25th Anniversary at Disneyland, Anaheim in California on July 22-30. Sibua, a resident of Sipalay City in