February 29, 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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‘Below target’ – Comelec prov’l chief on voter registration

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Despite the heightened registration campaign, Provincial Comelec supervisor Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria admitted that the 52,655 persons who applied for voter registration in Negros Occidental is still “below target.” The Commission on Elections target is to

7 former rebels get financial aid

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Seven former New People’s Army rebels that surrendered to the 62nd Infantry Battalion and police in December last year, availed of financial assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E CLIP), on April 11 in

Dumaguete Diocese urges PBBM: Veto NIR bill

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Diocese of Dumaguete has called on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to veto Senate Bill No. 2507, which proposes the creation of the Negros Island Region, due to what it claims is the lack of a

Himaya Festival dance competition winners named

• ANDREW ALTAREJOS Barangay Cabanbanan was hailed the grand champion of this year’s Himaya Festival street dance and arena competition held at Himamaylan National High School in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on Sunday. It also won Best in Production Design

Assuming God’s attitude toward sinners

This is a great challenge for us! Since we are God’s image and likeness, we should also try to assume the very same attitude God has towards sinners, or towards anyone with whom we have some differences and conflicts. And