Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon (center) celebrates mass on Palm Sunday at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City*
April 14 ECQ
as massive testing continues
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The Department of Health reported yesterday that
there are now 34
COVID-positive cases in Western Visayas, with no new‘Ultra risk’ areas
in city 5 cases in Bacolod
City and Negros Occidental.
Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are conducting massive testing for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the deadly virus but the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by April 14 in the province and city remains uncertain.
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said no decision has been made yet on whether the ECQ will be extended beyond April 14.
Leonardia pointed out that the executive order he issued placing Bacolod City under ECQ stated that it may be extended, as warranted by circumstances.
‘Ultra risk’ areas in city 5
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Bacolod City has now identified five "ulta-risk" areas with the
addition of a 48-year-old COVID-19 positive male from Barangay
Mandalagan, who has travel history to the United States and
and was advised to observe strict home quarantine.
Mandalagan Barangay Captain Arturo Parreño said yesterday they have sealed off an apartment unit in the barangay where the patient lives.
Parreño added that a barangay tanod and two policemen were assigned on a 24/7 duty to secure the apartment.
Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of the city's inter-agency task force against COVID-19, said the 48-year-old had close contact with his 28-year-old son-in-law who was earlier tested positive for the virus.
Visayas power demand drops
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The power consumption in
Visayas has dropped following the temporary shutdown of businesses due
to the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine, the Department
of Energy-Visayas Field Office said.
Based on the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ Daily Load Profile, DOE said the Visayas grid peak demand of 2,186 megawatts on January 29 went down to 1,728MW on March 28.
DOE Visayas said in the report that the decrease in power consumption was attributed to the stoppage or reduced operations of industrial and commercial establishments in the Visayas, particularly malls.