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Lacson wants to extend
Negros GCQ to May 31

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday he will extend the General Community Quarantine in Negros Occidental until the end of May if allowed by the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The GCQ in Negros Occidental to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is set to end on May 15, but the governor at a press conference at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday said he does not think the province is ready to open up to everybody.

“A GCQ would be a perfect quarantine model for now,” he said, pointing out that under it a lot of sectors have been allowed to return to society. moremoremore


City gets 1st swab mobile in PH
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The first Biosafe Swab Mobile unit in the country, designed by Negrense Joseph Saril, a mechanical and biomedical engineer, was turned over yesterday to the city government for the use of its health personnel in the campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

With funds provided by members of the Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Saril designed the Swab Mobile after discussing the project with Kara Leonardia, daughter of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

The young Leonardia initiated the project after meeting Saril in Manila last month while working on the development of sanitation chambers for the city. moremoremore

 

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DA 6 targets hike in rice prod’n
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is targeting to increase rice production amid the global trade uncertainties brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

DA 6 regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said the agency’s Rice Resiliency Project is geared towards making the country in a more food-secure position.

As part of the program, seeds and fertilizers for adopting high-yielding technologies would be promoted industry-wide to increase the local rice supply, she said.