MRSGI ramps up e-commerce program

Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) is accelerating its e-commerce initiatives and developing its digital assets to build what it calls the METRO Digital Ecosystem, it said in a press release. The program leverages on the development of a combination


Diokno shares PH efforts towards post-COVID economy

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno shared with foreign central bankers, other financial regulators, and institutional investors how the Philippines is striving to achieve a post-COVID economy that is stronger and more resilient, more technologically advanced, and more inclusive


Gov’t urged to let LGUs, firms buy COVID jabs

The national government is urged to establish a policy where local government units and the private sector will be allowed to directly purchase their own vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019. This recommendation is part of Makati Business Club’s (MBC) discussion


Uptrend in energy demand expected

Power demand is now showing signs of improvement, an indication of the country’s continued economic recovery amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, a top official of Aboitiz Power Corp. said on Monday. “Power is picking up this year coming from


Pump prices rise for 4th week in a row

Oil companies will raise pump prices starting today, marking the fourth consecutive week of an increase.  In separate advisories, Caltex, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, Shell, and Total will hike prices of diesel and gasoline by P0.80 per liter. Cleanfuel will also


BSP issues OPS standards

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has issued the governance policy for Operators of Payment System as part of the phased-in implementation of Republic Act No. 11127 or the National Payment Systems Act. According to the press release, the issuance further


SSS extends payment deadline

The Social Security System extended its payment deadline for the July 2021 contributions of regular employers from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30. SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio said in a press release the extension is in consideration of the


BSP cuts BOP surplus projection for 2021, 2022

The Philippines’ balance of payments is projected to remain in surplus for this year and next year but monetary authorities slashed the target for both years given the impact of global economic developments. In a briefing streamed through the Bangko

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Javi-Bantug tandem in Victorias gets support

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The tandem of movie actor Javi Benitez and Abelardo Bantug III for the mayoral and vice mayoralty positions in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, got the support of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and

Talisay CPDO closed for disinfection

Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares is informing the transacting public of the temporary closure of the City Planning and Development Office effective yesterday, until further notice. The temporary closure will give way for the implementation of the office-wide disinfection protocols as

CHMSC turns over PPE, soap, face masks to partners

Carlos Hilado Memorial State College turned over 500 sets of Personal Protective Equipment to its institutional partners who are in the frontline of the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in a ceremony held on September 16, 2021, at the

Guv sees Covid-19 cases breaking record soon

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson anticipates record breaking COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, noting that new active cases are hitting triple digits on a daily basis. As of Sept. 15, the Provincial Incident Management Team logged 2,201

Negros quarantine facilities eyed as ‘field hospitals’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is seeking an approval from the Department of Health on its proposal to make quarantine facilities as “field hospitals,” as the number of active COVID-19 cases in the province yesterday

Francisco-Taño nuptials

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Dexter Francisco and April Taño exchanged marriage vows at rites officiated by Rev. Salvador Parpa, Jr. in Bacolod City on September 11. Dexter is the son of Danilo and Felicidad Francisco of Bicol, while April is