February 6, 2024

Sugar Council opposes SRA plans to allow more imports

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Sugar Council, composed of three sugarcane producers’ federations in the country, expressed its vehement opposition to the proposal of the Sugar Regulatory Administration to address low millgate prices of sugar, by “allowing traders to import


2M tourists generate P6B income for Negros Occ.

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Declaring that the tourism industry of Negros Occidental has fully recovered from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, Provincial Tourism Officer Cheryl Decena yesterday disclosed that the visit of more than two million tourists has initially generated


Bacolod PWD IDs recalled

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez issued an executive order yesterday recalling all PWD ID cards issued in Bacolod City. Benitez, however, said he has not issued a recall order for senior citizen’s ID cards, since the


Cadiz lighthouse station powered by solar

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is harnessing solar power to operate the newly-inaugurated lighthouse in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. Coast Guard Western Visayas district commander Capt. Weniel Azcuna on Monday said the station’s operational systems are already in place after


Photo of the Day

The San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City is both a landmark and an icon for the faithful.* Andrew Altarejos photo


Everything should lead us to God

In that gospel episode where Christ complains about the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the leading Jews at that time (cfr. Mk 7,1-13), we are reminded of the danger of being trapped in our earthly affairs and in our human ways



As a father of two teenagers, one still stuck at home with me, and the other already studying abroad, I am often left wondering how I got here without having read the manual on how to raise children, because I’d


Freedom of opinion and expression

In a meeting with visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur Irene Khan, leaders of the House of Representatives assured her of the passage of key legislation supporting freedom of opinion and expression, informing her that a total of 14 bills of


‘A Sculptural Odyssey’ at Gallery G

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Fourteen Negrense artists are holding an ongoing sculptural group exhibition of artwork created from various materials, such as traditional wood and clay, to contemporary mixed media, and also found objects. Titled “Beyond Dimension: A Sculptural Odyssey,”

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Bacolod establishes Film Festival

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An ordinance establishing the Bacolod Film Festival, creating the Bacolod Film Festival Council, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on third and final reading Wednesday. The ordinance, authored by Councilor Em Ang and co-authored by

Bacolod City issues 35K family healthcare cards

The Bacolod City government recently issued membership cards to some 35,000 families who can avail of services under the Bacolod City Comprehensive Health Program (BacCHP). A flagship program of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, the initiative seeks to boost healthcare delivery

Art exhibit for rescued animals

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A fund-raising art exhibition for rescued animals opened at Spice Kitchen at St. Mortiz Street, Helvetia Heights, Bacolod City Friday, featuring assistant Bacolod Veterinarian Dr. John Michael Cabuguason as guest of honor and speaker. The show

The power of God’s word

What reassuring description we have about God’s word! From the Book of Isaiah in the first reading of the Mass for Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent, we read: “As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and

SSS 2023 net income soars to P83B

The Social Security System (SSS) announced its net income in 2023 exceeded by 62.8 percent its target of P51.06 billion to P83.13 billion as it recorded higher revenues than its expenses. Based on its 2023 unaudited financial statement, SSS’ net

Love Negros to support Ko in congress run

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The bid of Negros Occidental Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko to represent the Abang Lingkod party list group in the House of Representatives has the support of Love Negros, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson disclosed yesterday. “Love