August 3, 2022

Abduction incidents isolated cases – PNP

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The police yesterday dismissed the series of abduction incidents in Negros Occidental as isolated cases. PLt. Judesses Catalogo, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday said that he believes that two incidents were perpetrated


Lower 2023 budget to affect financial assistance

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental expects to have a lower budget in 2023 due to reduction of its National Tax Allotment (NTA) by more than P780 million. There will be adjustments, especially in our financial


Heart, lung and kidney hospital in NegOcc pushed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 4th District Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer is pushing for the establishment of a specialist medical facility in Negros Occidental. House Bill No.122, or the bill creating the Negros Occidental Heart, Lung, and Kidney Center


OVP opens Bacolod satellite office

Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson, Ian Canson, Annabelle Mossser, Dr. Chris Sorongon, former Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Cano Tan (l-r) at the opening of the 7th satellite office of Vice President Sara Duterte in Bacolod City Monday.*


WV logs 170 new COVID-19 cases

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Western Visayas yesterday logged 170 new COVID-19 cases, including the 11 cases in Negros Occidental and nine in highly-urbanized Bacolod City. Of the new cases, 57 were recorded in Iloilo City, and 39 in Iloilo province,


Plastic waste recovery bill lapses into law

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Extended Producers’ Responsibility bill, which lapsed into law, is now Republic Act No. 11898. Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, a member of the Bicameral Conference Committee that consolidated similar EPR bills passed


P64M in shabu seized in Negros Occidental

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office reported to have neutralized the activities of 414 suspects engaged in drug peddling activities, following their arrests in the first semester of 2022, resulting in the confiscation of P64 million


Culture and arts council ordinance amended

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod recently approved on third and final reading an amendment to an ordinance ” Creating the Bacolod Local Culture and Arts Council” which was passed in 2006. Bacolod Councilor Em Ang, chairman of


When God seems harsh to us

“It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” (Mt 15,26) These words of Christ certainly must have sounded harsh to the Canaanite woman who begged him to cure her daughter who


Developing connectivity

Department of Information and Communication Technology Secretary Ivan John Uy recently told reporters that telecommunications lines should be given the same level of priority as electricity and water in property development. The DICT also raised the need for an enabling

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Ferrer to push for removal of Serafica, Valderrama from SRA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday said that he will push for the removal of Hermenigildo Serafica as the Sugar Regulatory Administrator, as well as the revocation of the appointment of Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama as SRA board

Slain rebel identified

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The cadaver of the New People’s Army combatant who was killed in the August 10 encounter with 94th Infantry Battalion soldiers in Sitio Bulasot, Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, was claimed yesterday by his family.

Guv calls for unity in sugar industry

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called for unity among sugar industry stakeholders amidst a disagreement between a newly appointed SRA board member and the Vice Governor. Negrense sugar planter Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama, who campaigned

Negrense softbelles win over Italy in 2022 LLS World Series

It was tagged as a fun and exciting game by the Filipino community as several families cheered the Philippine-Asia Pacific girls softball team, major division, showing off their power-packed play at the 2022 Little League Softball World Series. In the

DTI eyes tweaking MSME definition amid digitalization

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual said there is an ongoing initiative to tweak the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid changes in the way entrepreneurs do business because of digitalization. “We are trying

Getting afloat with Rotary

The Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara is continuing its support of Victorias City’s coastal barangay of Pasil and its plans to expand its already promising Eco-Trail program with the construction of a small bamboo floating restaurant. The club recently donated eight heavy-duty, 200