February 2024

Drought damage to NegOcc crops heats up to P55.4M

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Dry spell caused by El Niño has caused more than P55 million worth of damage to crops in Negros Occidental, as of February 26, according to reports of the Office Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). OPA officer-in-charge Dina


PVO to closely monitor Bacolod City for ASF

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The exit points of highly urbanized Bacolod City will be closely monitored, as the provincial government is strictly imposing the ban on the entry of hogs and pork related products into neighboring local government units of


Major flood control project in Bacolod City underway

FLOOD CONTROL. Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya, with Department of Public Work and Highways District Engr. Abraham Villarael, Assistant District Engr. Leah Jamero, and Engr. Jerold Tipawan, checking the work in progress on a major project in the city – Diversion Channel, a flood control project designed to convey excess flood waters and reduce the risk of flooding in Bacolod City particularly in Brgy. 12 and in the nearby areas. Together with Gasataya and DPWH officials are Almana Construction and Development Corporation (ACDC) CEO and President Ritchie Neil Corpus and team.*


Grenade thrower nabbed in San Carlos City

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A suspect in a grenade throwing incident on Tuesday night was apprehended by the police, following a pursuit operation in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Mayor Renato Gustilo disclosed that the arrested suspect, whose identity was


Ordinance consolidates City’s socmed accounts

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An ordinance consolidating the supervision of the social media accounts of the departments in the local government of Bacolod City under one social media manager was recently approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on third and


Honing our concern for the poor

That parable of the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus, (cfr. Lk 16,19-31) which is the subject of the gospel of the Mass for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent, strongly reminds us of our duty to always


Justice for Jemboy?

The Department of Justice has assured the family of 17-year-old Jerhode “Jemboy” Baltazar, who was killed in a “mistaken identity” police operation, that it would exhaust all legal remedies as it reviews the ruling of Presiding Judge Pedro Dabu Jr.


Popular bands lined up for Kadalag-an Festival

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negrenses should expect a star studded Kadalag-an Festival in Victorias City, next month. Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez yesterday said that popular bands and movie and television personalities will be joining the Kadalag-an Festival which will be


Art installation made from trash unveiled at TNM

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An art installation using waste materials or trash opened at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City Saturday and will run until April 24. Titled “Debris Forest,” the art installation was created by French sculptor and artist

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Nearly P1M in shabu seized

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Almost P1 million worth of suspected shabu and an unlicensed firearm were seized by the police in separate buy bust operations in four cities of Negros Occidental, also leading to the arrest of four drug suspects.

Bacolod SP encourages vigilance against grass fires

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is enjoining all punong barangays in the city of Bacolod and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to mobilize the community response team (CERT) to strictly monitor all open grass fields that

Photo of the Day

GRASS FIRE. Brgy. Taculing CFAG Team responding to a grass fire at the Old Airport Runway in Brgy. Singcang Airport, Bacolod City last night. The fire call was recorded at 6:10 p.m. and BFP called fire out at 9 p.m.* Brgy Taculing PIO FB photo

DAR secretary enlisted to help convince DA

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Fifth District Rep. Emilio “Dino” Yulo has enlisted the help of Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrellla III to help convince Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel to conduct cloud seeding operations in Negros Occidental. In a dialog

When God tests us

Actually, our whole life here on earth is a test God gives us, to see if what he wants us to be, that is, to be his image and likeness, sharers of his divine life and nature is also what