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NO DISTANCING. Residents at a market-on-wheels stop at Fatima Heights Subdivision in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday do not  appear to be taking enough precautions against COVID-19.*  Mark Buenaflor/Talisay PIO photo


No Negros, Bacolod
ECQ extension yet  
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ & CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Department of Health reported that there were no new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City as of yesterday.

    It also reported that 40  more persons   tested negative for COVID-19 in Bacolod City and  Negros Occidental in the past two days, bringing the total to 73.

    However, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia reiterated yesterday that it is too early for them to decide whether to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the city and province, which is set to end on April 14.

    President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday approved the extension of the Luzon-wide ECQ to April 30 to curb the transmission of Covid-19. moremoremore


Covid drives down inflation
but WV third highest in PH   
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Inflation in Western Visayas dropped to 3 percent in March from 3.3 percent in February, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed yesterday.

    The latest figure was the third highest among the regions in the country, compared to the national headline that dropped from 2.6 percent in February to 2.5 percent last month, the PSA added.

    It said the slowdown in March inflation was primarily due to the transport index, which dropped at an annual rate of 1.8 percent.

    PSA also noted slower annual increments in alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 18.0 percent; and housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels at 1.1 percent, that further pushed down the inflation. moremoremore

 

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SSS extends deadline
of payments to June 1

BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

TThe Social Security System yesterday announced that it is extending the deadline for the payment of monthly contributions of its members and employers until June 1.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora  Ignacio said that SSS had extended the payment deadline for SSS contributions. SSS made this decision after the President placed the entire country under a state of calamity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"For self-employed, voluntary, and non-working spouse members, they can pay their SSS contributions for the applicable months of January, February and March 2020, or the first quarter of 2020 until June 1, 2020. On the other hand, regular and household employers have until June 1, 2020 to pay for their employee's contributions from February to April May 2020 without incurring any penalties," Ignacio said
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