MERGE WINNER. The Brgy. Igmaya-an Tribu Ika entry was the over-all winner of the 30th Kali-Kalihan Festival in Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

2 more Bacolod PUIs
nCoV free, released
5 test negative in NegOr

The number of persons under investigation (PUI) and quarantined for suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Bacolod City hospitals have dropped to five with the release of two more found negative for the deadly virus by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on Saturday.

Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of Bacolod City's inter-agency task force against the 2019 nCov, said yesterday that the two had travelled to Hong Kong and developed nCoV-like symptoms that tests results showed to be negative.

She refused to give details on the two released to protect their identities. moremoremore

SU online classes to continue

Silliman University will continue its online classes from preschool to tertiary levels this week as part of its preventive measures against the spread of novel coronavirus.

In an advisory issued over the weekend, Silliman said that as a matter of precaution, instead of holding classroom activities, the utilization of “alternative learning schemes” will continue with the School of Basic Education, from preschool to senior high school, and tertiary level until February 14.

“This is in the light of the ongoing concern on the 2019 novel coronavirus health threat,” the school said. It added that its faculty members are also expected to continue engaging in its Digital Learning Management System and other online platforms. moremoremore


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Neg. Occ. to harmonize ASF
zoning plan with initiatives

Negros Occidental will study the national zoning plan to harmonize its implementation with its local initiatives, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Friday Administrative Order 22 that directs all national government agencies and local government units to “strictly implement” the National Zoning and Movement Plan for African swine fever, that was issued earlier by the Department of Agriculture.

Tasked to monitor the compliance were the DA, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government .