March 1, 2023

SRA urged to seize sugar, prosecute smugglers

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three sugar planters’ federations yesterday called on the Sugar Regulatory Administration to initiate seizure proceedings on the estimated 5,000 metric tons of sugar flagged by the Bureau of Customs last month, at the Batangas Port, prior


LGU support sought vs. illegal gambling

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has issued an appeal to all local government executives in Negros Occidental to support the Small Town Lottery (STL), operated by the Super Lucky Beagler, Inc. (SLBI), in the wake of


LTO eyes standard driving school rates

Transportation Asst. Secretary Jose Arturo Tugade (3rd from left), with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, DOTr Undersecretary Mark Steven Pastor, Rep. Greg Gasataya, and LTO6 regional director Eric Lenard Tabaldo, at the blessing and inauguration rites of new LTO Bacolod District Office in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.* GPB photo


Benitez lays conditions for backing CENECO JV

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday spelled out requirements for him to support the joint venture between Central Negros Electric Cooperative and MORE Power Corporation, or any other firm. If they will address lowering electricity


RDC 6 to tackle proposed NIR EO

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The proposed executive order for the creation of Negros Island Region is set to be discussed by the Regional Development Council 6 (RDC6), during its meeting this month, disclosed by its chairman, Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo


Hinigaran slaughterhouse, market mall inaugurated

Gov.  Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo led the inauguration of a slaughterhouse and market mall on February 27 in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. It is a collaborative project of the local government of Hinigaran and the Provincial Government


Bacolod mass wedding postponed again

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO It appears that there is still no definite date for the 2023 mass wedding in Bacolod City, after it was postponed for the third time. The event which targets to wed 2,023 couples, had been earlier


A significant treaty

After fifteen years of formal and informal talks, delegates have been meeting in New York since February 20 for the third “final” negotiating round in less than a year, as they work on a treaty to protect the planet’s high


Arts Month activities held in Bacolod

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Different art groups held separate activities in Bacolod City during the weekend, in line with the celebration of the National Arts Month. A group art exhibit by the UNA Alliance Inc. opened at Megaworld’s Upper East,

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P4.3M projects for Sagaynon farmers and fisherfolk

Agricultural and fisheries livelihood projects, estimated at P4.3 million, were turned over yesterday to various farmers and fisherfolk associations in Sagay City, at the Bugay-Sagay Agro-Aqua Village. The Department of Labor and Employment, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and

Only with God can we love our enemies

Christ was once asked by a scribe what the first of the commandments was. And his answer was clear: to love God with everything one has got and, without being asked what the second and complementarily great commandment was, he

Taking care of our conscience

Considering that our conscience plays a very important role in our life, we have to see to it that we take utmost care of it. It is supposed to be where we hear the voice of God who tells us

Truck falls in ravine, 7 injured

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A delivery truck fell into a ravine on Monday at Purok Talos in Brgy. Pandanon, Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, resulting in injuries to its seven passengers. Injured were Robwel Barrientos, Diego Trinidad, Marilyn Cosme, Mark Anthony

SSS warns delinquent Victorias, Manapla employers

The Social Security System (SSS) conducted its Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) campaign to remind non-compliant employers of their legal obligations under Republic Act No. 11199 otherwise known as Social Security Act of 2018.   SSS Vice President for Visayas West

P2M in shabu seized in Bacolod

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN More than P2 million worth of suspected shabu was seized by the police from two drug suspects who were arrested on March 18 at Purok San Roque 1, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City. Nabbed by operatives of