Safe spaces

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in recognition of the “rampant sexism and misogyny” in public spaces, the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday called for the full and effective implementation of Republic


Sustainable tourism recovery

A recent report of the International Labor Organization showed that five countries – namely Brunei, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – lost a third or roughly 1.6 million tourism-related jobs last year. ILO said employment losses in tourism were


Get vaxxed!

The Department of Health highlighted the importance of vaccination as it reported on Monday that 93.49 percent of COVID-19 related deaths recorded between March 1 and November 14 this year involved individuals who were not fully inoculated. “COVID-19 severe and


Digitalizing traditions

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting mobility restrictions that discourages physical gatherings shouldn’t be an excuse for godparents to avoid giving Christmas cash gifts to their godchildren. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said the tradition of gifting cash


Fighting drug resistance

Health experts are warning that anti-microbial resistance or AMR might become the next global health emergency after the COVID pandemic. The World Health Organization has likened AMR to a “slow-moving tsunami that is crumbling the pillars of modern medicine” and


Power crunch

The country is likely to experience a power supply crunch during the summer months next year due to increasing demand, only one new generating plant entering the power grid, and several power plants badly needing maintenance shutdowns that have been


Most business friendly

Congratulations to Bacolod City for having been named the “Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit” for 2021 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, besting 10 other finalists in the highly urbanized city category of the nationwide search. The


Another outbreak?

The Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura (SINAG) is asking the Department of Agriculture to temporarily ban all poultry imports as the resurgence of bird flu in Europe and Asia may endanger the local poultry industry. SINAG said this should be done


The face shield burden

President Duterte has finally approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to make the use of face shields voluntary in areas under alert levels 3, 2 and 1. A November 15 memorandum


Partnering against money laundering

Digital and financial technology companies have partnered with the Anti-Money Laundering Council as part of efforts to fight money laundering and terrorism financing in the country. The Fintech Alliance.ph recently signed an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) with the AMLC amid

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S-PaSS advisory slammed

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has apparently submitted to what passengers have described as the “whims” of Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II and the provincial government for insisting that an S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) is required when Bacolod-bound travelers

548,010 Negrenses vaccinated

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz reported yesterday that 548,010 Negrenses have already been vaccinated as of November 21, which constitutes 30 percent of the 1.8 million individuals targeted for inoculation. Of the

Rotary keeping shorelines cleaner

In their latest coastal clean-up, members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara and the Rotaract Club of Marapara were busy clearing trash at the weekend from the shoreline of Barangay 35 in Bacolod City’s Reclamation area. Assisted by members of

Lacson, Ferrer join call to end VAW

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer have reiterated their full support the call for an end to violence perpetrated against women in Negros Occidental. “As we seek to foster consciousness against this violation

Return of Clark-Bacolod-Clark flights eyed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The resumption of Clark-Bacolod-Clark flights is now being eyed by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, after allowing 21 flights per week for three airline companies. Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said that he and the

Ceres buses resume NegOr, Cebu trips

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Vallacar Transit Incorporated that manages Ceres Liner passenger buses has resumed limited trips to Negros Oriental and Cebu, respectively, on November 20, with strict implementation of mandated health protocols, VTI media relations officer Jade Seballos