February 3, 2023

Aboitiz eyes investment in Negros Bulk Water supply project

AIC executives led by its president and CEO Cosette Canilao (2nd from left), accompanied by Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Benitez, met with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson Thursday, at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, to relay their intention to invest in the bulk water supply project of the province.* Capitol PIO photo


No need to create another province – Albee

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, chair of the Regional Development Council 6, yesterday said he believes that it is not necessary to create another province in Negros Island. Benitez, a staunch supporter of Negros Island


8 drug suspects nabbed, P400T in shabu seized

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Eight drug suspects were arrested by the police in separate buy bust operations on February 1 in Negros Occidental, yielding more than P400,000 worth of suspected shabu, as well as guns and ammunition. Ma. Chin-Chin Cuadra


18 NegOcc LGUs cited in fight vs. illegal drugs

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A total of 18 local government units, including the provincial government of Negros Occidental, were conferred with awards by the Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in their fight


Regulation of used cooking oil proposed

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An ordinance regulating the transport, storage, reuse, recycling, reprocessing or disposal of used cooking oil and grease trap waste by restaurants, food outlets and other similar establishments in Bacolod City, was passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod


National scientist Angel Alcala dies at 94

National scientist Dr. Angel Chua Alcala passed away on Wednesday afternoon at a Dumaguete city hospital in at the age of 94. Alcala, considered the “father” of marine protected areas (MPAs), was the vice chairperson of the Silliman University Board


From curse to cure

That very inhuman martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, beheaded just as a reward to a dancing girl, (cfr. Mk 6,14-29) clearly tells us that martyrdom caused by a most crazy reason is a possibility in our life. We should


Parking problem

I remember a time when, as a carbrain, I used to strongly advocate for more parking spaces in our towns and cities. It still makes sense, if you come to think of it, because for those of us who live



The Philippines continues to be among the region’s laggards and “significant decliners” when it comes to corruption, according to the Transparency International global index that measures people’s perception of public sector corruption worldwide. Scoring a dismal 33 in the 2022

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Our objective self vs. our subjective self

Yes, there is such thing as our objective self as contrasted to our subjective self. The former is who we truly are, while the latter is what we make of ourselves that may contain some truth, but it most likely

Another big-time oil price rollback set

Oil companies have announced another price rollback effective today. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil and Shell said they will slash gasoline prices by P1.20 per liter and P1.85 per liter for diesel. Caltex, Seaoil and

Single use plastics ban pushed

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is urging the National Solid Waste Management Commission to release the list of non-environmentally acceptable materials which include single use plastics. The resolution authored by Councilors Celia Flor and Claudio Puentevella said

14 OFWs receive OWWA assistance

A total of 14 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from E. B. Magalona, who were either displaced or distressed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, received financial assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Nine OFWs received P20,000; three

Consumer group looking forward to Ceneco privatization

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Power Watch Negros has high expectations that the unsolicited proposal of two firms for a joint venture agreement with the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, will improve the services of the power utility firm. Wennie Sancho, Power

Army battalion returns to Negros

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion is back in Negros Island. This is because Bohol, where the 47IB and 302nd Infantry Brigade used to be assigned, has been declared as insurgency-free, disclosed last night by Lt. Gen.