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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

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

Gov't suspends bringing back stranded individuals to Western, Eastern Visayas

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The suspension will last for two weeks, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STRANDED. More than a dozen locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Samar, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Davao troop in front of a convenience store along Villamor airbase road in Pasay City on June 23, 2020, to wait for available flights that will take them home to their respective provinces. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Western Visayas officials oppose resumption of commercial sea, air travel

May 29, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The region will be placed under modified general community quarantine starting June 1

Antique records first coronavirus case

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The patient is a 74-year-old man from Parañaque City who arrived in Semirara Island on March 9

Bacolod City reports first coronavirus death

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:47 AM

Like many others, she dies before her confirmatory test for COVID-19 is released

2 more coronavirus deaths in Western Visayas

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:56 PM

There are 22 COVID-19 cases in the region as of Tuesday, March 31

ROAD DISINFECTION. An Iloilo City employee douses disinfectant solution on a road and vehicles in Iloilo City to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. Phoro from the Iloilo City Government Facebook page

DOH reports 2nd coronavirus death in Western Visayas

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The 70-year-old male patient was from Lambunao, Iloilo

ROAD DISINFECTION. An Iloilo City employee douses disinfectant solution on a road and vehicles in Iloilo City to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. Phoro from the Iloilo City Government Facebook page

Bacolod man, Western Visayas’ first COVID-19 case, now fully recovered

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The patient's 28-year-old son, however, remains in a hospital in Bacolod City after testing positive for the coronavirus

9 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Western Visayas

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:41 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The number of cases increases due to the beginning of localized testing

Western Visayas reports 2 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The DOH-6 office says there is COVID-19 patient in Iloilo and Capiz records its first coronavirus case

PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Western Visayas workers get P30-minimum wage increase

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The wage order is expected to take effect in late November or early December

AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. Workers load harvested sugar cane onto a truck in the central Philippine island of Negros. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Groups step up effort to save critically endangered species in Western Visayas

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Groups map out a conservation plan to help save critically endangered species in the region from extinction

SAVE ME. The Visayan spotted dear is among the critically endangered species in Western Visayas. Photo courtesy of Talarak Foundation

NCR, Western Visayas nail Palaro volley title berths

May 03, 2019 - 8:59 PM

National Capital Region and Western Visayas arrange a championship showdown in secondary boys volleyball

TIGHT DUEL. A Western Visayas spiker soars for a kill against Central Luzon during their thrilling semis duel. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

Duterte says new drug lord in Western Visayas will also die

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:51 PM

'Patay rin yan. Yan ang sigurado,' says Duterte, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass during the PDP-Laban rally in Bacolod

PREDICTION. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City Thursday night, April 11. RTVM screenshot

Miagao's hablon weavers to conduct free demos, lectures in Iloilo

Mar 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'Kababainhan, Paghabol, Komunidad: A Hablon Weaving Demonstration and Lecture' is a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of weavers of Panay

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Giving up not an option for persons with disabilities in Western Visayas

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Four PWDs in Western Visayas have given a face to the struggles commonly experienced by their sector in the Philippines

Police strengthen efforts to protect Boracay, Carabao islands

May 27, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We should protect Boracay from outside Boracay,' Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr says, adding that the memorandum of understanding formalizes 'the cooperation of security forces and marketing of Hambil as a tourist destination'

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Philippine economy to lose up to P1.96 billion over Boracay closure

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the growth rates of Western Visayas 'will be trimmed'

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Boracay Island will be closed to tourists for 6 months starting Thursday, April 26. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Philippine athletics chief thumbs down Palarong Pambansa 2018 records

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The national athletics federation nullifies the records set by Veruel Verdadero, Eliza Cuyom, and Ann Katherine Quitoy as DepEd fails to follow protocol

SPEEDY STAR. Veruel Verdadero, a 16-year-old bet from Cavite, impresses in the 100-meter dash. File photo from Rappler

NCR lords over Palarong Pambansa field for 14th straight year

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The Big City bets amass 100 gold medals as Southern Tagalog-Calabarzon and Western Visayas round out the top 3

NCR shores up gold-medal haul to seal top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Calabarzon and Western Visayas figure in tight race for second spot

Davao Region eyes first gold in softball vs Western Visayas in Palarong Pabansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Davao Eagles enter for the first time the softball elementary finals of Palarong Pambansa

PITCH FOR GOLD. Davao Region Eagles beat Calabarzon in an extra eighth inning in softball elementary, securing a spot in the finals. Photo by Gerard Lucena/Rappler

Western Visayas, Calabarzon battle for 2nd spot as NCR pulls away in Palaro medal race

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Powerhouse Metro Manila virtually seals No. 1 with 42 gold medals heading into the final stretch

NCR breaches 30-gold mark, keeps top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Region 6 Western Visayas climbs to second, Region 4-A Southern Tagalog slips

Powerhouse NCR tightens grip of top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Traditional favorite NCR stays on top with a 25-gold, 16-silver, 12-bronze medal haul

Boracay workers need to get IDs starting April 18

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:43 PM

There will only be two entry and exit points during the 6-month closure of the world-famous tourist destination

PERMITS. Workers who are not residents of Boracay Island will have to apply for terminal passes at the Caticlan port in mainland Malay and the Cagban port in Manoc-Manoc, the rehabilitation task force says. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Guimaras teacher to get correct salary 11 years after promotion

Apr 01, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The Commission on Audit rules in favor of a Guimaras public school teacher who was denied her rightful pay grade from September 2006 to October 2015

PH student app developers nab presentation award in Japan

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine delegation's entry, an educational smartphone application called ‘Arijo’, bags the oustanding poster presentation award and is among the top 8 of 78 other groups from 34 different schools

PH DELEGATION. Banusing, Briones, Cruz and Flores (from Left to Right) at the event venue, Yokohama National University. Photos courtesy of Justin Banusing

More than half of Western Visayas firecracker victims are minors

Jan 04, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Negros Occidental reports the most number of cases among the region’s 6 provinces

Most wanted man of Western Visayas nabbed in Marikina

Dec 16, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Antonio Aquino, a native of Negros Occidental, is arrested after evading authorities for 14 years

Cop killed, 10 others wounded in suspected NPA ambush in Iloilo

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Police Officer 1 Jofer Odon of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-VI and his companions are on board a patrol car and private vehicle when attacked

Negros Occidental rejoins W. Visayas regional dev't council

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao Regional Development Council chair says consultation meetings were held in the past weeks to fasttrack the province s integration to Western Visayas

Locator map of Negros Occidental

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s new executive order returns Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 17th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Half-day Gigantes Islands getaway

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Want to go to a beautiful beach but only have a short leave from work? There’s no problem with that – Gigantes Islands is a worthy weekend getaway

Western Visayas drug war: 20,498 surrender, 30 drug pushers killed

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Of the 30 deaths linked to drugs in the region Antique had the most number of persons killed from legitimate police drug operations

WAR ON DRUGS. The government has launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NCR captures basketball secondary finals gold

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Heading into the 4th quarter shouldering a massive 28 point lead Western Visayas – even with its home court advantage – never found its way out of its slump

FLY HIGH. NCR defeats WVRAA (Region VI) 75-48 in the Secondary Boys Basketball championship at the EBJ Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR will face Western Visayas in Palaro secondary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:25 PM

NCR will get a chance to defend their title on Saturday

DEFENDING TITLE. NCR outsmarts Calabarzon, 4-2, to advance to the finals against host region Western Visayas. Photo by Mars G. Alison

Central, Western Visayas to face off at elementary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Central Visayas beat ARMM 3 1 while Western Visayas tramples Davao Region 2 0 at the elementary football semifinals at the Palarong Pambansa 2017

GLIDE. Charlie Carisma of Western Visayas, mid-game and mid-air, is on his way to the Palarong Pambansa finals. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Western Visayas solidifies hold on 2nd place, NCR remains on top

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Western Visayas now has a medal tally of 30 gold medals 16 silvers and 26 bronze medals just 5 less gilts from their overall medal tally in Palarong Pambansa 2015 held in Albay

RUNNER RUNNER. Athletes compete in the 1500-M finals at the EBJ Sports Complex in Antique on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Central Luzon clinches first win in sepak takraw elementary boys

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Central Luzon clinches their first win on their first game during the knock out elimination round against Negros Island Region

FIRST WIN. Central Luzon's John Gabriel Saddi hustles up the ball to set it for his teammate. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Secondary basketball boys recap: Calabarzon, NCR, Regions VII, VI head to semis

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The 4 regions end the Palarong Pambansa 2017 journey of Soccsksargen Cordillera Administrative Region Davao and Caraga

SHOT ATTEMPT. Wilmar Oftana of Region XIII (29) rises for a floater against the Calabarzon defense. Photo by Clarisse Cabinta/ Rappler

Western Visayas escapes pesky Central Luzon, Calama-an injured

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Western Visayas pulls away in the final two minutes to win the game but star player Ryan Calama an gets injured

JAM. Western Visayas star Ryan Calama-an dunks the ball but lands badly and injures his ankle. Photo by Joey Dian Claret/Rappler

Central, Western Visayas survive secondary boys tennis knock-outs

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Gener Francis Lambayan of Region VII survives NIR s KC Baran while Alfrancis Andrade of Region VI wins a nail biter against Mimaropa s MP Ong

BEATING THE HEAT. Genaro Lambayan, victorious in his first match against Region 7, strides under the Antique heat. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler