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Barangay officials in W. Visayas accused of cash aid anomalies

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Two barangay chairmen and other government employees are accused of approving unqualified beneficiaries

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Negros Occidental halts entry of stranded residents from Cebu

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Most of the latest virus infections are persons who came from Cebu province

10 killed in Negros Island shootings in 6 days

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The killings occur from June 12 to 17

Negros Occidental now has COVID-19 testing lab

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson says the lab will be able to test more Negrenses in a timely manner, especially returning overseas Filipino workers and stranded individuals

LAUNCHED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson leads the inauguration of the COVID-19 testing laboratory at the provincial government-run Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City on Tuesday, June 2. Capitol Photo

Negros Occidental, Bacolod officials ‘surprised’ by mass arrival of OFWs

May 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

In a single day, 468 overseas Filipino workers arrive in Negros Occidental and Bacolod via two sweeper flights and a sea vessel

THEIR HOME. Some of the OFWs who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Manila Monday night, May 25. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

Negros Occidental asks NFA to augment its rice supply amid shortage fears

May 05, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The province in Western Visayas is also eyeing more rice imports from Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand to address temporary shortage in the months of June and July

From left: Joselito Jaballa, Dr. Renante Decena, Atty. Japhet Masculino, Atty. Maphilindo Polvora, Atty. Goldwyn Nifras, and Bishop Patricio Buzon at the food security forum at the Bishop's House in Bacolod City on Monday, May 4. Photo courtesy of Dr. Renante Decena

Some OFWs returning to the Visayas test positive for coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 8:44 PM

The 5 overseas Filipino workers in Cebu test positive through PCR swabs, while 9 in Iloilo test positive through rapid testing. Over 200 OFWs returned to Visayas provinces this week.

REPATRIATED. Repatriated OFWs arrive in Cebu City amid a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Meet John Covid, another baby named after coronavirus in Negros

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:43 PM

John Covid Castillon of La Carlota City is several days older than Covid Marie Tupas of Bacolod City

John Covid was the second baby to be reported in Negros Occidental to be named after the coronavirus disease 2019. Photo courtesy of Jose Castillon Jr.

Negros Occidental universities, colleges help with coronavirus response

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the province have suspended classes since the general community quarantine on March 15

DAILY DELIVERY. A volunteer from a partnership of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City and Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation hands over 3D printed face shields to the medical staff of Bago City Hospital. Photo courtesy of Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City and Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation

2 repatriated OFWs test positive for coronavirus in Negros Occidental

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The two were among the 35 repatriated Negrense OFWs who arrived in the province by boat in Escalante City on April 14 via Cebu

Negros Occidental man says coronavirus symptoms showed 3 weeks after exposure

Apr 21, 2020 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) He's the driver of a couple in Iloilo province who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease

CEREMONIAL DISCHARGE. Doctors and nurses at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City triumph over the discharge of the first ever and only Covid-19 patient in Negros Occidental on Wednesday, April 8. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

In a position to help: Moving Bridge Foundation and Arla Foods give back to Sagay

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Sagay City residents were given 144,000 liters of organic milk as part of the P8M fund released by the foundation

Negros Occidental eases restrictions on enhanced community quarantine

Apr 18, 2020 - 5:33 PM

'The game plan now is really to go back to normalcy come April 30,' says Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson

MEETING. Negros Occidental officials led by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson meet on the province's coronavirus response. Photo from the Negros Occidental Provincial Government Facebook page

80,000 live broiler chickens distributed to quarantined residents of Sagay City

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:21 PM

The city government buys live chickens from one of the commercial farms in Negros Occidental

The city government of Sagay in Negros Occidental distributes 80,000 live chickens to more than 40,000 families in the city./Photos courtesy of Sagay PIO

Provinces, cities in the Visayas extend lockdown periods

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The provinces of Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Aklan, as well as the cities of Iloilo and Tacloban extend their quarantines until April 30

LOCKDOWN. Police secure border of Cebu City and Talisay City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Negros Occidental extends enhanced community quarantine to April 30

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) The validity of quarantine passes is also extended until April 30, as well as orders to use face masks when going out of the house

CEREMONIAL DISCHARGE. Doctors and nurses at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City triumph over the discharge of the first ever and only Covid-19 patient in Negros Occidental on Wednesday, April 8. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

Negros Occidental town records 1st coronavirus case

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson declares as a 'hot zone' the village in Enrique B. Magalona town where the patient lives

Negros Occidental reminds frontliners not to solicit protective gear

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Negros Occidental's provincial administrator reminds staff of public hospitals that they may 'accept, but not solicit equipment and supplies'

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

Negros Occidental to impose enhanced community quarantine starting March 30

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson signs an executive order that will put the province's almost 2.5 million population under strict home quarantine

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A building security guard in Negros Occidental checks the temperature of a visitor on March 14, 2010.

84 stranded Negrenses airlifted from Luzon

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:38 PM

The group arrives in Bacolod City on a special Cebu Pacific flight

BACK HOME. Some of the stranded Negrenses return to their home province, Negros Occidental, on March 19. Photos courtesy of Capitol PIO

Negros Occidental, Bacolod City shut borders over coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:48 AM

There is a clamor among Negrenses for the closure, as thousands left Metro Manila for the provinces over the weekend to escape the megacity's lockdown

Negros Occidental, Lanao del Sur, Olongapo orders quarantine of arrivals from Metro Manila

Mar 14, 2020 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) Upon arriving at Lanao del Sur, Negros Occidental and Olongapo travelers from the National Capital Region will be considered persons under monitoring

TEMP CHECK. A security guard of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol checks the body temperature of a visitor. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

Student beats up teacher in Negros Occidental

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:30 PM

A boy confronted by his teacher for sending a lewd message, snaps and mauls her

Groups step up efforts to save endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Negros Occidental

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Irrawaddy dolphins live very close to the shore and are constantly exposed to the coastal activities of communities

DOLPHIN CONSERVATION. University of St La Salle's Romeo Teruel and Manuel de la Paz at a research conference in Bacolod City on January 30, 2020. Photo by Marchel Espina

Negros town councilor, pastor gather 62,000 face masks for Taal eruption victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Dubbed 'From Negros and Panay with Love,' Councilor Jason Tupas and Pastor Russell Ban also distribute a generator set, hand towels, used clothes, toiletries, water containers

HELP. Hinobaan, Negros Occidental Councilor Jason Tupas (right), Pastor Russell Ban of Roxas City, Capiz (2nd from left) meet Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas after they arrive in Batangas on Thursday, January 16. Photo courtesy of Jason Tupas

Advocates say ‘clean coal’ a false solution to Philippine climate crisis

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'There is no such thing as clean coal [when] it still emits carbon dioxide and other pollutants,' Rodne Galicha, lead convenor of Living Laudato Si Philippines, says

ECO NOT EGO. Some students join the Global Youth Climate Strike at Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City on Friday, September 20. The strike is a call for climate justice from government and companies. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

8-year-old boy shoots father dead

Nov 21, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The father scolds his son whom he found him playing with their revolver. Moments later, the boy shoots his father with the weapon.

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

Tourism helps Negros Occidental fishermen ease pressure on Tañon Strait

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ecotourism is encouraged in communities near marine protected areas not only because it generates funds, but also because it supports fishermen who want to supplement their income

ECOTOURISM. Community-based tourism has freed Abednigo Villacastin and other fishermen of Sitio Kalipay from the anxiety caused before by rampant commercial fishing. Photo courtesy of Oceana

Fact-finding team finds irregularities in Negros mass arrests

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Bayan Muna spokesperson Teddy Casiño says the raiding team claimed the 'firearms and grenades' were recovered in plain sight – in tables, cabinets and the kitchen sink

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, Fr. Melvin Fajardo of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Clarizza Singson of Karapatan-Negros, Bayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño, Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog of Kilusang Mayo Uno, former Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano, and Defend Negros convenor Ariel Casilao (l-r) in a press conference in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 7. Marchel Espina/Rappler

Ranger, researcher, relentless learner: Meet Joy Hekrdle

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Hardship taught me to strive for better conditions,' says Joy Hekrdle, one of Oceana's Ocean Heroes in 2017

PROTECTING THE SEAS. Jocelyn Hekrdle (extreme right) and her 6 scholars. Photo courtesy of Oceana

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

For security reasons, the suspects are charged inside the headquarters of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office

Authorities file criminal charges against the 44 individuals believed to be members of New People's Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City on Monday, November 4. Photo courtesy of Army 3rd Infantry Division

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Inside the church with an angry-looking Christ

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:06 PM

An angry-looking Jesus. Images of tormented souls in purgatory. An all-seeing eye. A chapel in Negros Occidental gives us a glimpse of Judgment Day.

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

Poll protest vs neophyte Negros Occidental town mayor dismissed

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Irene Montilla defeated Joselito Malabor in the 2019 mayoral election in Isabela, Negros Occidental, by just 48 votes

UPHELD. Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela town, Negros Occidental, scores a win after the election protest filed against her by her predecessor is dismissed on October 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Lightning strike kills farmer, injures 3 in Negros Occidental town

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The 42-year-old farmer and his 3 companions were seeking refuge from a heavy downpour when the incident happened, say local officials

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES. A farmer was killed after being struck my lightning in Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental on September 11, 2019. Image from Shutterstock

Negros Occidental orders temporary ban of pork imports from Luzon

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The province says, because it is the country's top producer of backyard swine, it has enough supply of, pork for their consumption

SAFE. Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena eat lechon on Tuesday, September 10, to assure the public that locally-produced pork is safe to consume. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

5 tons of illegally imported pork products seized in Bacolod port

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Negros Occidental forms Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force to keep the province free from the virus

CONFISCATED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson checks the illegally imported pork products that were seized on Wednesday, September 11, at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Provincial Capitol

MAP Negros killings since July 2016

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many reports say that the methods of killings usually involve gunmen barging into homes, riding-in-tandem shooting at close range, and masked men trailing people

Senate hearing on Negros killings

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:02 AM

In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen. Watch the start of the Senate probe live on Rappler on August 26.

Poll protest vs Negros Occidental mayor dismissed

Aug 24, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 49 junks the electoral protest filed by former mayor Magdaleno Peña against his niece, Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo

LOCAL CHIEF. Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo holds a dialogue with the residents of far-flung Barangay Quintin Remo on August 19, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Woman gunned down near Bacolod police station

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

This is the 3rd killing in Negros Occidental in 3 days

CRIME SCENE. A woman is shot to death along Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, just a few meters from the city police station, on August 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of John Patrick Amacio

Groups seek unity, action to help end killings in Negros Island

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Human rights advocates and progressive groups stress the importance of standing in solidarity with victims of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations in Negros Island

LIGHT. The forum at the University of the Philippines Asian Center ends with a candle-lighting ceremony commemorating the victims of the killings in Negros Island on Thursday, August 1. Photo by Pat Echano/Rappler