MERGE Empty streets in Bacolod City will be a thing of the past when the Enhanced Community Quarantine ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday, allowing the resumption of public transportation*


Neg. Occ. seeks GCQ extension
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte, through the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19, to allow Negros Occidental to continue being under General Community Quarantine until the end of May.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced yesterday that under IATF Resolution No. 35, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have been classified as low-risk areas that should no longer be under community quarantine by May 16.

The IATF also lifted the quarantines on Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Iloilo City, and said Negros Oriental would remain under General Community Quarantine until May 31. moremoremore


Bacolod to end ECQ
Friday, Leonardia says
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Bacolod City government will end its Enhanced Community Quarantine at 11:59 p.m. Friday in compliance with the national Inter-Agency Task Force resolution for it to be lifted, but will impose strict observance of minimum health standards to protect its citizens from COVID-19, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Leonardia said while the level of COVID-19 infection in Bacolod City is low, it is not an assurance that it will stay that way all the time so we should not let our guard down.

Bacolod City has had 11 COVID-19 cases, of which three patients died while the majority haverecovered. moremoremore

 

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24,342 farmers get cash
aid in Western Visayas
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

More than 20,000 farmers in Western Visayas have already availed of the Department of Agriculture’s financial assistance to cushion the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

DA Region 6 director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday that the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers (FSRF), worth P474,765,000, covers 94,953 rice growers in the provinces of Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, with 20,488 beneficiaries.

Each farmer will receive a one-time cash aid of P5,000 from the DA to buy farm inputs and other necessities.