May 21, 2024

Senate approves NEPC franchise

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The franchise being sought by the Negros Electric Power Corporation from the Senate has been granted. During its plenary session yesterday, presided over by Senate president Juan Miguel Zubiri, the NEPC franchise, or House Bill number


Damage to NegOcc agriculture now P318.9M

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN As another municipality was added to the list of local government units placed under a state of calamity because of the drought, the damage to rice, corn, high value commercial crops (HVCC), and fisheries brought about


Guv encourages use of solar PV in gov’t buildings

A Negros Power exhibitor briefs Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Provincial Consultant on Energy and Environment Rafael Coscolluela of their company thrust in promoting renewable energy during the opening of RE Week celebrations at the Ayala Capitol Central in Bacolod City.* GPB photo


Minor, student drown in Negros Occ.

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Two students drowned on Sunday, in Murcia and Ilog towns in Negros Occidental. Both victims were declared dead on arrival at medical facilities in Murcia and Kabankalan City, respectively, according to the police. The 19-year-old victim,


Javi, resigned PDP members to run as independents

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN We will remain independent, until further notice, Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez declared yesterday. His uncle, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (3rd district, Negros Occ.), recently joined the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, while his father, Bacolod


Metro 3rd Early Literacy Program ends

Third District Representative Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, Commissioner of the Second Congressional Commission for Education (EDCOM 2), led the culmination of the Negros Occidental Early Literacy Program dubbed “Weaving the Strands of Literacy Skills into Successful Readers” in Talisay City, Negros



Nowadays it is very common to receive an official-sounding message on our phones, telling us there is a problem with our bank, mail, or government, and giving us a chance to solve that issue quickly. That is more often than


Space and sea

The Philippines and the United States have discussed expanding cooperation in using space-based technology to track vessels in Philippine waters and combat illegal fishing, making Earth observation a priority area for bilateral cooperation during their first bilateral space dialogue earlier

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PHIVOLCS monitoring increased unrest at Kanlaon volcano

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported the continuing increased unrest of Kanlaon volcano, almost a week after its phreatic eruption on June 3, while the state weather bureau, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services

Photo of the Day

A Philippine Red Cross water tanker distributes drinking water in lahar affected areas of Brgy. Cabagna-an in La Castellana, Negros Occidental.*

Negros Island Region completes comeback today

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The long awaited signing of Negros Island Region bill by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. into law, is set for 2 p.m. of June 13 at Malacañang Palace in Manila. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed

Groups continue relief efforts for Kanlaon eruption victims

In the wake of the devastating Kanlaon Volcano phreatic eruption last June 3, a collective effort from various organizations and individuals has brought much-needed aid to the affected communities of La Castellana, Negros Occidental, particularly in Barangay Biak na Bato.

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.*

Lost in time

The other day my daughter went to meet her mom at the latter’s office from school, going there by jeepney. She has had extensive experience commuting from home to school, and vice versa, but that has the limit of her