September 16, 2023

Capitol eyes PPP to develop prime properties

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is eyeing the development of its 7,000 square meter prime lot vacated by the Land Transportation Office and Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Cottage Road in Bacolod City,


4 La Carlota City employees test positive for drugs

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Four of the 674 employees of the La Carlota City government who underwent drug testing, turned out positive for use of illegal substances, Mayor Rex Jalando-on revealed yesterday. Those who tested positive were all regular employees


3 killed in Negros Occidental

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN An unidentified person was found dead yesterday in Talisay City, while two others died in separate shooting and hacking incidents in Kabankalan City, all in Negros Occidental, on September 14, according to police reports. Farm worker


5K Bacolod tricycle drivers to get fuel aid

Some 5,000 beneficiaries from various tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODAs) in Bacolod City are set to receive a one-time fuel assistance of P1,000 each under City Ordinance 1003 or the “Fuel Subsidy Program Ordinance.” Data on Friday showed that


Why do we always have to forgive?

Many reasons can come to mind to answer that question. One is that Christ himself said so. When asked by Peter how many times one should forgive, he stretched to practically infinite times the suggestion of Peter of 7 times


Rice power

“If you give me rice I’ll eat today; If you teach how to grow rice I’ll eat everyday” – Mahatma Gandhi “Reducing hunger and poverty are the key United Nations Millenium Development Goals”, says the United Nation’s Agriculture Office. This


Importation dependency?

The latest “Grain: World Markets and Trade” report of the United States Department of Agriculture projects that Philippine rice importation will reach 3.8 million metric tons in marketing year 2023-2024, while China’s imports will drop to 3.5 million MT, making


‘Geeks On A Beach 2023’ set at Panglao, Bohol

Movers and shakers of the Philippine startup community, innovators and investors, and global and national leaders are set to gather for the sixth edition of the tech-famous Geeks On A Beach (GOAB) international conference on November 22 to 24 at

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Teen Bacoleña tanker shines in nat’l tourney

Stacey Arabella Bee, a Grade 8 student from USLS-IS Bacolod and a resident of Camelot Village, Barangay Estefania won a total of 7 medals out of 9 events in the recently concluded Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) Grand Prix National Championships

House approves Anti-agricultural Smuggling Act on 3rd reading

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure that seeks to give more bite to the existing Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, or Republic Act (RA) No. 10845 by dangling the penalty of life imprisonment to

NegOcc rice retailers to receive P15K cash aid

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Department of Trade and Industry is slated to distribute P15,000 in cash aid to 335 rice retailers in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City on September 28. Reginald Hudierez, head of the Consumer Protection of the

PVO eyes starting swine repopulation next year

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN As the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and other hog diseases in Negros Occidental was declared contained in the absence of hog deaths over the past several weeks, the Provincial Veterinary Office is now eyeing

450 show up for Victorias obstacle race

The first-ever Ultimate Obstacle Course Race challenge in Negros Occidental, the Sidlak Victorias Obstacle Race gathered over 450 racers from various municipalities and cities on September 30 Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez welcomed the participants and guests coming from

Guv calls on face mask wearing

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Noting the rise of cases with flu-like symptoms in public schools, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday renewed calls for Negrenses to wear face masks. “The wearing of face masks is something we learned during