coastguard
The Philippines Coast Guard bus transported the repatriated Negrense OFWs yesterday afternoon from the Escalante port to EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine*


Negros, Bacolod get
P2.8B in SAP funds
 
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA 

The 32 local government units of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, received  P2,817,696,000 in subsidy from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as part of the government’s Social Amelioration Package, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

    Under the program, qualified families will receive P6,000 in financial assistance each. There are 371,473 beneficiary families in Negros Occidental.

    Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, director of DSWD in Western Visayas, said a total of P5.072 billion was already released to the 80 LGUs in the region, as of Monday night. moremoremore


Will Neg. Occ. ECQ be shortened?
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Will the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Negros Occidental to prevent the spread of COVID-19 set until April 30 be shortened or modified?

    Former Rep. Alfredo Benitez, in a live broadcast by the Negros Occidental Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) on Facebook yesterday afternoon, said Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is set to meet with the mayors of the province today to discuss the status of the ECQ.

    The live broadcast aired on the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental Facebook page to provide COVID-19 updates will be held 3 p.m. daily by the PIMT that operates 24/7 at its command center at the Negrese Residences in Bacolod City, even on holidays, Benitez said.

    Benitez told the DAILY STAR that the continued trend of no new COVID-19 cases in the province may lead them to decide to modify or shorten the ECQ. moremoremore

 

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Give aid to all workers: bishop
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Diocese of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza called on the Department of Labor and Employment to give P5,000 in financial assistance to all workers, even if their employers failed to apply for the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program.

    The program offers one-time financial assistance to displaced workers in the formal sector.

    But Alminaza said that the Church People-Workers Solidarity, where he sits as co-chairperson, noted that many employers did not have the initiative to apply for the program in behalf of their workers.

    “Thus, workers and their families are left without an income to buy food and other basic necessities,” he s
aid.