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When Gerardine “Daydine” Alcalde arrived in Canada in 2002, she was prepared to be homesick. She was also prepared to struggle, to experience a few adjustment pains, to encounter culture shock, as anybody in any new environment would.

Life, love, and the Great White North

When Gerardine “Daydine” Alcalde arrived in Canada in 2002, she was prepared to be homesick. She was also prepared to struggle, to experience a few adjustment pains, to encounter culture shock, as anybody in any new environment would.

To register or not register: Bane or boon for online sellers?

It was a bad time to have a baby. Babies are always welcome, but when all...
NWTF bats for freedom from poverty

NWTF bats for freedom from poverty

The Philippines, during the mid-1980s had the concentration of the poorest of the poor in rural areas, with than 80 percent of the poorest 30 percent of families. Negros, considered as the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines, is a primary example, with reports of widespread malnutrition and hunger.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- The price of pork has the highest spike since the year started, until it settled on its prevailing price of P220 per kilo by May, the report from the Price Monitoring Unit under the City Mayor’s Office reveals.

MARKET MONITOR: Pork prices hiked, chicken prices dropped during pandemic, survey shows

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- The price of pork has the highest spike since the year started, until it settled on its prevailing price of P220 per kilo by May, the report from the Price Monitoring Unit under the City Mayor’s Office reveals.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has identified Bacolod City as among the low-risk areas to be downscaled to a Modified General Community Quarantine.

Curfew off, sporting events and movies allowed, most businesses open under national IATF MGCQ

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has identified Bacolod City...
Vallacar seeks police assistance vs overcrowding in terminals

Vallacar seeks police assistance vs overcrowding in terminals

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Vallacar Transit, Inc. operator of Ceres Liner appeals to the local officials and members of...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered the operators of four online lending applications to cease and desist from offering and providing loans to the public.

SEC orders 4 Online Lending Apps to cease operations

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered the operators of four online lending applications to...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran has warned business owners here that opening their stores while the Enhanced Community Quarantine is still in effect can lead to the cancellation of their permits, and a shutdown.

VM warns business owners: ECQ violations can lead to shutdown

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran has warned business owners here that opening their stores while the Enhanced...
The sun rises over a sugarcane field owned by the Dama Farmworkers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, Philippines. | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

Coops vs. COVID

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Many years ago, some peasant groups scoffed at them for being "reformists" by submitting to the...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Mayor Evelio Leonardia has granted the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Bacolod a Special Authority for its transport services to operate as shuttle service for its employees within the city during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period.

Bacolod mayor grants Special Authority to BPOs to use shuttle service

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Mayor Evelio Leonardia has granted the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Bacolod a Special Authority...
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered lending and financing companies to defer the collection of payments and charging of penalties while the country remains under a state of national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release from the SEC said.

SEC directs lending, financing companies to implement 30-day extension for loan payments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered lending and financing companies to defer the collection of payments and charging of penalties while the...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Bacolod City government launched a food project called “Sari-Sari Store on Wheels” in Barangay Taculing today, with its first mobile store partner called “Chinggayan", a press release from the Bacolod City PIO said.

Bacolod launches “Sari-Sari Store on Wheels” with first mobile store partner

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Bacolod City government launched a food project called “Sari-Sari Store on Wheels” in Barangay Taculing...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Malls here are directed to either close shop, reduce workforce and/or reduce operating hours while a "health threat" is up.

Close shop, reduce hours, or cut workforce, malls urged

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Malls here are directed to either close shop, reduce workforce and/or reduce operating hours while a...
BACOLO CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Sea trips from Iloilo to Bacolod are suspended as part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Iloilo “non-essential” trips suspended

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Sea trips from any point to Iloilo are suspended as part of precautionary measures to contain...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Should the trend continue beyond July – lockdowns, community quarantines, and suspension of events and activities – we might see the economy crippled.

Economy to be ‘greatly affected’ if effects of pandemic continue beyond July

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Should the trend continue beyond July – lockdowns, community quarantines, and suspension of events and activities...

EnnoVatiOns | UnionBank: Blending art and pixels in banking

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Tucked away in a corner south of Lacson and west of Galo streets, where it forms...

PART 4: Beyond balyena and uga

When Rodel Evidente put up his furniture shop a couple of years ago, he had meant it to provide employment for artisans...
BACOLOD CITY - The proposed law to establish a Bacolod Export Zone Authority in this highly-urbanized center of half a million people was heard yesterday by the House committee on economic affairs, making Cong. Greg Gasataya's "dream" move closer to reality.

BEZA bill heard by Congress

BACOLOD CITY - The proposed law to establish a Bacolod Export Zone Authority in this highly-urbanized center of half a million people...
CADIZ CITY - Imagine, too, what would happen if Cadiz – which is largely still agricultural with 35,000 hectares of land dedicated to farming, specifically sugarcane – becomes self-sustaining enough that it would be able to produce enough products not just for its residents but also for trading and export.

PART 3: Beyond balyena and uga

New York. Singapore. Amsterdam. Genoa. Shanghai.  Venice. Los Angeles. What do these cities from all over the world have in...
BACOLOD CITY - Three bills of national significance authored by the lone district solon here are up for committee hearings in the 18th Congress, moving a step closer toward becoming laws in the country.

Three 3G bills up for hearings in Congress

BACOLOD CITY - Three bills of national significance authored by the lone district solon here are up for committee hearings in the...
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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Bacolod City Water may opt to avail of a multi-billion loan package from Land Bank of the Philippines, an amount which is enough to cover the rehabilitation and expansion of the water district.

Baciwa may opt to avail of multi-billion loan from LBP – Gamboa

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Bacolod City Water may opt to avail of a multi-billion loan package from Land Bank of the Philippines, an amount which is enough to cover the rehabilitation and expansion of the water district.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has referred to Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu the complaint of a village chief in Cadiz City over the alleged illegal dumping by Victorias Milling Company of its alcohol distillery's wastewater into a river than cuts across several towns and cities in the northern part of this province.

Presidential anti-corruption commission refers village chief’s complaint vs. Victorias Milling Company

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has referred to Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu the complaint of a village chief in Cadiz City over the alleged illegal dumping by Victorias Milling Company of its alcohol distillery's wastewater into a river than cuts across several towns and cities in the northern part of this province.
“You can take the boy out of the farm, but you cannot take the farm out of the boy”. So goes the old saying.

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“You can take the boy out of the farm, but you cannot take the farm out of the boy”. So goes the old saying.