Supplies for the fight against COVID-19 sent by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas being unloaded at the Bacolod-Silay Airport yesterday.*
Bacoleño 2nd PUI dead
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
A 60-year-old Person Under Investigation (PUI) died in Bacolod City last week bringing to two the number of PUI deaths from suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Negros Occidental.
The Bacolod male fatality with Stage 4 cancer, who was tagged as a PUI, expired due to difficulty of breathing on March 17, Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of the city inter-agency task force against coronavirus, said yesterday.
House grants Duterte special powers
to fight Covid, Negros solons vote yes
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The House of Representatives approved on final reading House Bill No. 6616 shortly before midnight yesterday declaring a national emergency and granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
House Bill 6616, otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, was approved with 284 affirmative votes, 9 negative votes, and no abstention.The Senate, as of press time, was still deliberating on its counterpart measure.
Biz sector to prioritize employees’
salary, 13th month pay – MBCCI
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The business sector in Bacolod City will prioritize the salary and 13th-month pay of its employees amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, that has threatened the local economy, Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.
Most of the establishments in the city and in the province belong to small, micro, and startup scale businesses, Carbon said.Earlier, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia appealed to all business owners in the city to pay at least one-month gratuity for their employees during the enforcement of the community quarantine, on top of their salaries and 13th-month pay, to soften the impact of Covid-19 to the workers.