May 8, 2024

Capitol braces for La Niña

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN From El Niño to La Niña. While still going through a drought that has wreaked havoc on agricultural crops, with the damage valued at more than P214 million, as of May 3, the provincial government is


PDP members support me – Lacson

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that incumbent elected officials of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino in Negros Occidental are supporting his reelection bid for his third and final term as governor of the province. “I know for


Bacolod SP urges Congress to address transport crisis

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO A resolution urging the Congress of the Philippines to expedite the passage of legislative measure(s) that will adequately address and cushion the impact of the brewing crisis consequent to the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program


Smuggled cigarettes seized in San Carlos City

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen have seized about P100,000 worth of suspected smuggled cigarettes on Monday night at a checkpoint in Brgy. 1 Poblacion, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. The confiscation was triggered after the police flagged down a black


Soldiers seize high-powered guns, explosives

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Army soldiers have seized high powered guns and explosives, following two encounters with New People’s Army rebel remnants on May 6 in Sitio Tagok, Brgy. Carol-an, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Lt. Col. J-Jay Javines, 3rd Infantry


Speaker: Rice below P30/kg possible by July

Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez announced recently that the House of Representatives and the Department of Agriculture (DA) are committed to working together to achieve the ambitious goal of reducing the price of rice to below P30 per kilo in certain


Photo of the Day

OMEN. A solar halo, as seen from the Bacolod public plaza yesterday, which some say is a potential sign of rain that could follow in the next few days.* Andrew Altarejos photo


Creativity in preaching God’s word

It’s amazing how St. Paul and his companions weathered all kinds of trials and challenges just to proclaim the Good News about Christ and our salvation. Even when he was mocked by non-believers, he just persisted in preaching, trying his


Uncertainties and agriculture

According to the 2022 Countryside Bank Survey (CBS) report released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last week, vulnerabilities to natural calamities and harvesting uncertainties remain the most common problems that banks face when extending credit to agriculture, which hampers


From janitor to champion bodybuilder

Marvin Alob, a former janitor at a local bank, has transformed his life from cleaning floors to standing atop the podium as a certified coach and bodybuilding champion. At 46-years-old, he defies age stereotypes and proves that with determination and

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Speaker: POGOs OK, as long as stakeholders follow rule of law

Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Wednesday expressed openness to the existence of highly-controversial Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators here in the country, but issued a stern reminder that all Philippine laws must be strictly adhered to the letter, a press release

CHMSU recognized for innovation by WURI

The World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI) recently recognized Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) as one of the top 100 academic institutions in three categories. CHMSU placed 26th in Crisis Management, 70th in Social Responsibility, and 93rd in Industrial

Kanlaon eruption causes P9.9M crop damage

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The phreatic explosion of Kanlaon volcano in central Negros has initially resulted in around P9.9 million in crop damage, as of June 6, according to reports of the Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. Damaged

The divine wisdom behind the Beatitudes

Obviously, if we are to use our human reason alone, without the guidance of faith, we would consider the Beatitudes a crazy idea. I’ve heard some supposedly intellectual commentators describe the Beatitudes as silly. It’s a reasoning that is trapped

NIR signed into law

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signs the Negros Island Region bill into law at Malacañang Palace, witnessed by lawmakers and governors of the NIR provinces.*

Albee urges Balagosa’s killers to surrender

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday urged the killers of Nicus Balagusa, who was shot and killed helplessly in front of his parents, inside their residence, to surrender immediately. In a statement, Benitez said that