May 20, 2023

Bacolod City declared insurgency free

Brig. Gen. Orlando Edralin, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander; PBrig. Archival Macala, Police Regional Office 6 OIC; and Coast Guard Commodore Arnaldo Lim (left to right) signing the resolution declaring Bacolod City “insurgency-free”, in the presence of PLt. Gen. Patrick Villacorte, Area Police Command Visayas chief; and Councilor Pau Sy.* BCPO photo


WV’s most wanted person arrested

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The long arm of the law finally caught up with the number one most wanted person in Western Visayas, following his arrest at Purok Kabulakan in Brgy. Zone 10, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The arrested fugitive


Hog cholera outbreak declaration mulled

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The possibility of a hog cholera outbreak declaration in some Negros Occidental local government units, in connection with thousands of swine deaths, is now being entertained by the Provincial Veterinarian Office. Dr. Ryan Janoya, PVO officer-in-charge,


Himamaylan tops week 3 of vax drive

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Himamaylan City leads Negros Occidental local government units in the implementation of the Chikiting Ligtas Supplemental Immunization campaign of the Department of Health, almost three weeks after it started. DOH Western Visayas records indicated that Himamaylan


Distressed OFW repatriated

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A distressed Overseas Filipino Worker was finally returned to her home in Hacienda Lumbia, Brgy. Alicante, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, with the help of the municipal OFW Federation. Donna Saber, an OFW from Dubai City in


CHMSU hailed for CE Licensure Exam performance

The Commission on Higher Education Regional Office VI awarded a plaque of recognition to Carlos Hilado Memorial State University for being the 4th Top Performing School in the November 2022 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination, during the 2nd CHED Regional Quality


House razed in Handumanan fire

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A house in Purok Narra Extension, Phase 4, Brgy.  Handumanan, Bacolod City, was razed by fire noontime yesterday, resulting in damage amounting to about P172,500. Reports from the Bureau of Fire Protection-Bacolod said that the house


Greening the transport system

The shift from gas-fueled transportation to electric vehicles is needed now more than ever, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista recently said in a business club forum. “We want a green transport system to be in place sooner, and we are working

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Groups match SONA with protests at Fountain of Justice

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Progressive groups led by Bayan Negros held a protest rally at the Fountain of Justice in conjunction with the third State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The groups declared that under the

Politics of Philippine agriculture

“If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right.” – M.S. Swaminathan The political landscape of Philippine agriculture can be considered multi-dimensional, if not double-edged, evolving but at the same time impedes its progress. More pronounced

BIR: Online sellers now subjected to withholding tax

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday said electronic marketplace operators are now imposing withholding tax on sellers or merchants. “Electronic marketplace operators will begin imposing withholding tax against their sellers/merchants starting July 15, 2024. We have already extended

PNP-ACG, GCash cooperate to protect communities, MSMEs from cyber fraud

Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) acting director PBGen. Ronnie Francis Cariaga is calling for the government and the private sector to further improve cybercrime strategies down to the smallest sector of communities including micro, small, and medium enterprises. According

UNegA anticipates clashing members in Moises Padilla, Binalbagan

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Clashes among members of the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) in the towns of Moises Padilla and Binalbagan in Negros Occidental, appear to be unavoidable. Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante, UNegA secretary general, disclosed on Wednesday that

Cadiz City is PalengQR-Ph Plus ready – mayor

“Cadiz City is PalengQR-Ph Plus ready,” disclosed Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. during the program launch at the Balay Cadiznon in Cadiz on July 18, said a press release from Cadiz PIO said. “We are always ready to embrace the digital