March 18, 2023

Region 7 police chief relieved

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Almost two weeks after the assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, P/Brig. Gen. Jerry Bearis was relieved yesterday as Central Visayas regional police director. Bearis, who assumed as regional police director of Central Visayas December


Negros solons seek NIR bill dialogue with senators

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Island solons are planning a dialogue with fellow lawmakers at the Senate, regarding the Negros Island Region bill, after it was approved by the House of Representatives, Second District Rep. Alfredo Marañon III disclosed. Marañon,


RPOC to tackle threats vs LCEs

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Western Visayas, yesterday said that RPOC will tackle threats against local chief executives (LCEs) in Region 6, if the matter will be


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


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


Photo of the Day

ACROBATIC. A fisherman seems to perform a balancing act as he navigates a fish trap in Barangay Balaring, Silay City, Negros Occidental.* Francis Villanueva/CCN photo


Christian joy

The 4th Sunday of Lent is usually referred to as “Laetare Sunday.” That’s because the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass of that day starts with the word, “Laetare,” (Rejoice). It reminds us that despite the heavy spirit of penance during


Eroding civic space?

With a score of 34, the Philippines was ranked by the 2022 CIVICUS monitor as among countries in the Asia Pacific that have a “repressed” civic space, where people and organizations can participate in the social and political issues of

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Philsutech gears up for 70th convention

The Philippine Sugar Technologists Association (PHILSUTECH) is gearing up for its 70th Annual National Convention on August 12-16 at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, with the theme “Boosting Technology Innovations to Advance Competitiveness of the Philippine Sugarcane Industry.” No less than

Murcia first town to open sanitary landfill

“Murcia is the first town in Negros Occidental to have a sanitary landfill. Out of the 19 towns and 13 cities in the province, we are only the 12th LGU to have this facility; the other 11 LGUs with sanitary

PHIVOLCS monitoring increased unrest at Kanlaon volcano

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported the continuing increased unrest of Kanlaon volcano, almost a week after its phreatic eruption on June 3, while the state weather bureau, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services

Speaker: POGOs OK, as long as stakeholders follow rule of law

Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Wednesday expressed openness to the existence of highly-controversial Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators here in the country, but issued a stern reminder that all Philippine laws must be strictly adhered to the letter, a press release

‘Tales of the Psyche’ at Art Cove

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A retired teacher is holding her third solo art exhibition at Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s Art Cove, titled “Tales of the Psyche: Navigating our Mental Odyssey, which opened Wednesday and will run until August. Sheila

Albee urges Balagosa’s killers to surrender

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday urged the killers of Nicus Balagusa, who was shot and killed helplessly in front of his parents, inside their residence, to surrender immediately. In a statement, Benitez said that