MERGE The Bacolod Silay Airport stepped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which has been declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic*


Councilor fighting for life,
NegOr suspends classes
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Gov. Roel Degamo issued an executive order yesterday suspending classes at all levels in Negros Oriental starting today until March 17 after a 62-year-old Tayasan councilor tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The order was issued by Degamo to give medical personnel time to trace persons who had come in contact with the patient, Negros Oriental spokesperson Bimbo Miraflor said.

The councilor, who is a post kidney transplant patient, is fighting for his life at the Intensive Care Unit of the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City. moremoremore


Mayor halts Bacolod graduation rites
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued Executive Order No. 16 yesterday suspending graduation and moving-up ceremonies until further notice for all levels in public and private schools in Bacolod City due to the onslaught of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Leonardia ordered that pre-school, primary and secondary levels in all public schools will close on March 20 and classes in tertiary and graduate levels in all public schools on March 27.

He also ordered that classes in all day care centers and supervised neighborhood play (SNP) of Bacolod will only be until March 13, and the holding of moving-up ceremonies suspended, in Executive Order No. 17 that he issued Wednesday toimplement heightened precautions against COVID-19. moremoremore

 

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DAR chief distributes CLOAs
in WV, Negros Occ. tops list
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones led the distribution of certificates of land ownership awards to farmers in Western Visayas at Boracay Island, Aklan yesterday.

President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to be at the activity but his trip was postponed due to the surge of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 in the country.

Castriciones, in his speech, said that DAR continues to implement the mandate of the president, to uplift the lives of all farmers through the distribution of lands and provision of support services.