An aerial view of the kilometer-long traffic snag from Ayala North Point to the boundary of Talisay and Bacolod City, caused by the scanning of the body temperatures of commuters at a checkpoint yesterday afternoon.* (Bernie Montes photo)
NegOr state of calamity,
community quarantine up
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Gov. Roel Degamo declared a general community quarantine in Negros Oriental yesterday and closed all its borders to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Degamo’s Executive Order No. 21 Series of 2020 will take effect past midnight today.
Traffic jams at border checkpoints
BY SHIELA G. GELERA
Commuters endured kilometer-long traffic jams that lasted for hours at the borders of Bacolod City as the police began implementing checkpoints against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) yesterday.
This was in compliance with the executive order issued by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia Sunday placing the city under general community quarantine to prevent it from being hit by COVID-19.P/Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod police director, said commuters entering Bacolod were subjected to thermal scanning.
DTI to look into online sellers
of overpriced alcohol, masks
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Department of Trade and Industry has issued a warning against online sellers of overpriced alcohol and masks as cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country continue to surge.
Romel Amihan, DTI-Negros Occidental senior trade and industry development specialist, said yesterday that they are looking into the complaints against these online sellers to stop them from profiteering in this time of crisis.He said some of the erring online sellers are not registered with the DTI, so complaints against them will be endorsed to the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police.