No social distancing at the bus stop for COVID frontliners and essential workers at the Bacolod Public Plaza* Andy Alvarez photo
Negros ECQ to start April 20 – guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday announced the
implementation of a slightly modified Enhanced Community
Quarantine in Negros Occidental effective April 20.
He said the modifications to the ECQ that will remain in effect until April 30 were agreed on during a meeting with local chief executives yesterday morning.
The modifications do not cover Bacolod that is a highly urbanized city and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial government.
Lacson said starting April 20 limited public transportation will be allowed in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental.
City to honor passes issued by province
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he has assured
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that the more than 1,000
issued by the provincial government will be honored as entry
into the city despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that
restricts travel into and out of the city to protect its citizens from
Leonardia, in a press release, clarified that these arrangements were made only yesterday between the province and the city, after Lacson requested that the city honor these provincial passes.
“We were unaware until yesterday that the province had been issuing many car passes that people mistakenly thought also allowed them unhampered travel in and out of Bacolod, which is simply not the case. I regret this misunderstanding by the people,” Leonardia said.
NFA to mill 10,000 bags of palay
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Japhet Masculino said the National Food Authority in Negros Occidental
will mill 10,000 bags of procured palay, or unhusked rice, at the
Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, today.
He said the NFA continues with its rice distribution and its regional office said it is willing to augment the stocks in the province if there is a need.
Since last year, the NFA has been procuring palay from farmers after traders offered a lower buying price.