August 2022

P15M allocated for monkeypox test kits

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental has allocated P15 million for the purchase of monkeypox test kits, as the Provincial Health Office and the City Health Office of Bacolod City are now formulating uniform protocols related


Manokan Country tenants seek dialog with mayor

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The tenants of the Manokan Country in Bacolod City are requesting for a dialog with Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez concerning the demand letter issued them by the City Legal Office with regards to their outstanding accounts


‘Irregular’ power supply contract questioned

Central Negros Electric Cooperative’s 20 megawatt power supply contract (PSA) that was already delivered by Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) on July 26 must be subject to public scrutiny particularly from the 210,861 consumers in its franchise area. “We had


What faith and obedience can enable us

That gospel episode where Christ asked Peter to put out into deep water and lower his nets for a catch shows us that when we would simply have faith in God, we can do wonders in our spiritual life and


Climate injustice

During the opening of Africa Climate week in Gabon’s capital of Libreville, where government officials, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector from more than 60 African nations were in attendance, participants called for an end to “climate injustice”, saying


Who rules

Depending on circumstances, it’s usually “Kung sin-o naga uyat sg luwag…” sort of a given. The proverb came to mind as a royal princess of our Tiongco clan passed by Paris to celebrate her engagement to a Caram laddie, Abbie


Negros Occidental to boost coffee production

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Coffee production in Negros Occidental is expected to get a boost from the provincial government of Negros Occidental. Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said that an inventory has been conducted on areas planted with coffee


SSS online services return

The Social Security System (SSS) informed the public in a press release that its online channels including its website (, SSS Mobile App, and uSSSap Tayo Portal are available as of August 30, 2022. The press release said SSS servers

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BSP issues add’l regulations for digital banks

Digital banks are required to heed prudential requirements and policies, such as those imposed on universal and commercial banks (U/KBs), given their classification as complex banks. Under Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Circular No. 1154 issued on Sept. 14, digital

3 drug arrests yield P200T in shabu, marijuana

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen have confiscated about P200,000 worth of suspected shabu and dried marijuana leaves in separate buy-bust operations on September 25 and 26, respectively, in Bacolod City. A drug suspect identified as Reymart Esporas was apprehended by

Two guerilla fronts ‘weakened’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The two guerilla fronts of the New People’s Army Central Negros 1 (CN1) and Central Negros 2 (CN2), both under the Komiting Rehiyonal Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor (KR NCBS), have been classified by the Philippine Army as “weakened”, due

Teach ‘em young

I have been wanting to write about my concern for the obvious decline of social values as personally experienced and observed in the workplace, even in school and in communities. A sweep of social media feeds will give you a

Sagay launches food establishment mobile app, booklet

BY MARK L. GARCIA The City Government of Sagay launched an android mobile application and a booklet of the restaurants and coffee shops that will serve as a guide to the gastronomic offerings in the city. The “Where to Dine

La Vie Éphémère

Before you know it, naiwanan ka na ng tren… I first heard this phrase during my year in Imperial Manila when we frequented the disco scene which was super entertaining with Ernest Santiago’s Coco Banana. Well, life’s like that, Dahlink’s.