Community participation in conservation

Last week, I featured in this column the recent finding of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PhilBio) on the increasing population of the Visayan tarictic hornbill in Negros Island. This development came after the past five years of annual



We now have over 200 COVID-19 positives in the province, including Bacolod, and it is inevitable that figures will continue to rise in the coming days from test backlogs and the resumption of travel for LSIs starting today. As announced, there will be one flight a day and a boatload come Wednesday.


What the quarantine exposes

In a sense, we have to be thankful for this quarantine time since it actually can act like a reagent that would expose to us the stuff we are made of and of what and how we are making out


No strikes for ABS-CBN

No strikes. Just “OUT” immediately. I don’t know why the thought of baseball just came to my mind when I learned that Congress never gave second thoughts, or another chance at bat, before declaring ABS-CBN out of the game. Of course nobody questioned the referee, they all know who his own coaches must be. Some of my own colleagues have expressed apprehensions at what could also happen to our own fellow practitioners who may dare step on tender toes, but I always console myself with what the late Msgr. Antonio Fortich used to tell us: “They won’t bother with you, you are only mosquitoes”.



It would seem that government officials are running out of ideas and are now turning to instilling fear among the people of the country to ensure compliance with health protocols against COVID-19. Instead of focusing on more diligent and humane enforcement with heavier fines, they resort to the threat of imprisonment as a penalty for quarantine violators.


Brgys given P15M

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over checks to barangays of Negros Occidental yesterday, totaling P15 million to fund their projects, a press release from the Capitol said.


Cops nab 4 drug suspects

Four more drug suspects were apprehended by the police in separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Negros Occidental that also yielded more than P27,000 worth of suspected shabu.


CHO gets 1,000 rapid test kits

The Dumaguete City Health Office received about 1,000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits recently, that were procured by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to replenish the dwindling stocks of the city’s medical technologists to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.


Body of fisherman found

The body of the fisherman who had been missing since Tuesday was found floating in the waters of Barangay 1 in Ilog town, Negros Occidental, at about 6 a.m. yesterday.

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Sagay launches food establishment mobile app, booklet

BY MARK L. GARCIA The City Government of Sagay launched an android mobile application and a booklet of the restaurants and coffee shops that will serve as a guide to the gastronomic offerings in the city. The “Where to Dine

Be truly poor to be truly rich

We have to understand this point very well. We need to be truly poor so we can be truly rich in God, attaining the fullness of our dignity as God’s image and likeness, children of his, sharers of his divine

EB Magalona farmers benefit from crop insurance coverage

The Office of Mayor Marvin Malacon, through the Municipal Agriculture Office, turned over the cheques worth a total of P21,700 in indemnity assistance to the eight farmers of E. B. Magalona, at rites at the Mayor’s Office on Sept. 21.

Hinigaran youth outreach activity set

BY ROGER D. BELTRAN The Youth, Music, Progress (YMP), a youth organization based in Barangay Aranda in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, will hold an outreach activity dubbed “Padayon” at Sitio Katilingban, Brgy. Himaya in the municipality on September 25. Themed “Ending

EBM student wins silver in tour guide contest

A 17-year-old student of E. B. Magalona won second place, out of 18 participants representing various local government units around Negros Occidental, in the province-wide Tour-Guiding Competition held at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on September 21, as part of

Sagay pays tribute to Alvarado on Tourism Day

Sagay City paid tribute to master artist Nunelucio Alvarado as it celebrated World Tourism Day at the Margaha Beach in Brgy. Old Sagay, Negros Occidental yesterday, a press release from the City of Sagay said. In the event titled “Taliambong