MERGE A Cebu Pacific mercy flight delivered stranded Negrense passengers to the Bacolod Silay Airport yesterday* (Rayfrando Diaz photo)

SP declares Bacolod
under state of calamity

The Sangguniang Panlungsod declared a state of calamity in Bacolod City amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The resolution declaring the city under a state of calamity and urging the mayor to release the mid-year bonus of employees if legally permissible under obtaining circumstances was approved in the SP regular session on Wednesday.

The resolution that was authored by Councilor Renecito Novero stressed that in a crisis like this, government employees and workers need available finances in order to purchase their necessities that include food, medicines, and disinfectants. moremoremore

Call for full lockdown
needs study: Bing

Calls for a complete lockdown of Bacolod City by some sectors to contain the spread of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) need to be studied, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

We are open to that and are continuously evaluating the situation, he said.

Leonardia said the request for a lockdown will depend on the situation and the recommendation of the different sectors. moremoremore


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Baciwa suspends disconnections,
penalties for late payments: exec

The Bacolod City Water District will suspend its disconnections and penalty charges for its consumers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, its general manager, Juliana Carbon, said yesterday.

Carbon said this was approved by the board of directors in their meeting yesterday.

Starting March 23 up to April 21, the payment of water bills at the Baciwa office will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., while consumers can also settle their accounts at SM, Palawan Pawnshop, Alvio Centers, EC Pay, Bayad Center, Villarica Pawnshop, and at accredited banks, Carbon said.