Gov’t vows to sustain labor market gains

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) welcomed the improvements in the country’s labor market, as the unemployment rate settled at 5 percent in September, the lowest since the onset of the pandemic. “The recent survey results show the gains


Sugarmen express concern over current situation

In a joint statement signed by Aurelio “Bodie” Valderrama, president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Inc. (CONFED), Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters Inc. (NFSP) and Danilo Abelita, president of the Panay Federation of


Fight against cable cutting and theft continues

Cable company SKY is intensifying its campaign against rampant illegal cable cutting and theft that has adversely affected thousands of Filipino families’ access to internet and cable connectivity, information, and entertainment, it said in a press release. As part of


Big-time hike on gasoline

Oil companies will implement price adjustments on petroleum products starting today. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Jetti, Petro Gazz, Phoenix, Seaoil, Shell, and Unioil said they will increase gasoline prices by P1.40 per liter and will decrease diesel prices by


‘One with the Nation’ conference goes to Visayas

Fintech company GCash is bringing its ‘One with the Nation’ annual conference to the Visayas, in line with its vision of achieving ‘Finance for All’. In partnership with public sector organizations, GCash aims to bring crucial insights into the future


Supply of basic goods in Paeng-stricken areas stable

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said supply of basic commodities in areas hit by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng remains stable. In a statement yesterday, DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual said the agency is closely coordinating with manufacturers and retailers

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Price increases on Noche Buena products noted

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Amid yuletide season celebrations, prices of some Noche Buena products in local supermarkets were observed to be increasing by at least 10 percent. Rachel Nufable, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry in Negros

Ferrer brushes aside reports of an Arroyo gubernatorial run

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer brushed aside reports that a family member of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has plans to run for governor of Negros Occidental in 2025. “Nakabati, pero wala ko ginasapak (I’ve heard it,

PDMPD head issued show cause order

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Another Negros Occidental provincial government executive has been issued a show cause order for alleged conflict of interest and unliquidated cash grants. Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas yesterday confirmed reports that a show cause order

First World problems

There is absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to have what first world countries have. After all, what Filipino hasn’t been wistfully dreaming of a Philippines that has the universal healthcare system of the British, the educational system of the Scandinavians

On the matter of rest

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.

PSO gears up for weekend of championships

The Negros Occidental Provincial Government and the Provincial Sports Office wrap up sports activities for 2022 with the Governor’s Cup 2 on 2 Chess Team Championship, Abanse Negrense Swimming Tournament Provincial Championship, Governor’s Cup Provincial Boxing Tournament, Abanse Negrense Badminton Tournament