Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from left) and Board Member Andrew Montelibano wash their hands with alcohol, on entering the Provincial Capitol as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, while Board Member Ernesto Agustin Bascon looks on.*
‘Lockdown’ to hurt Negros
but safety priority – bizmen
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to place Metro Manila under “lockdown” or community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is expected to further hurt Negros Occidental’s economy, business leaders said yesterday.
However, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Frank Carbon said while it will affect the local economy, it is more important to save people's lives.
Island has 17 PUIs, 107 PUMs
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
There are 17 persons under investigation (PUI) and 107 persons under monitoring (PUM) for the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Negros Island, health officials said yesterday.
Negros Occidental remains COVID free, while in Negros Oriental a 55-year-old (not 52 as earlier announced) councilor from Tayasan town remained in serious condition at the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City.In Bacolod City, there are 3 PUIs and 19 PUMs, Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of the City’s Interagency Task Force Against COVID-19, said.
Lockdown to impact on daily wage earners
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Local labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday that the lockdown in Metro Manila to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will have an impact on the daily wage earners.
Sancho, secretary-general of General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the intended purpose of the community quarantine or lockdown to be imposed by the government is to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but its after effect on the ordinary workers will be adverse.He said the compressed work week and reduction of work hours will drastically reduce the income of the workers, as well as erode their purchasing power.