MERGE Bacolod and Negros Occidental OFWs who were stranded in Manila arrived at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon* (Philippine Coast Guard photo)


Gov’t flip-flops, puts Negros,
Bacolod under modified GCQ

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will be under Modified General Community Quarantine starting Saturday until the end of May to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday said community quarantine in all low-risk areas in the Philippines will not be lifted as stated in the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 35 announced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque Tuesday. They will, instead, be placed under Modified GCQ, he said.

A lot of governors and mayors informed them that they were not ready to end community quarantine yet, he said, so an amendment was made to Resolution 35. moremoremore


More OFWs Covid-positive,
stranded Negrenses return
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Two more repatriated Negrense overseas Filipino workers tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while another virus-hit returnee has recovered, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

This developed as 15 Bacolod and Negros Occidental OFWs from Manila arrived on a 2Go Malasakit Voyage at the BREDCO port yesterday afternoon, and 29 others from Cebu arrived at the Escalante City port last night.

Bacolod Councilor Cindy Rojas said 53 Negrenses from Cebu also arrived in Bacolod at 3 p.m. yesterday via Escalante City and were brought to the Education and Training Center School 4 for their mandatory 14-day quarantine. moremoremore

 

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OPA acts on rice pest infestation
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is implementing measures to control the pest infestation in some rice fields in Negros Occidental.

Rich black bug infestations were reported in the cities of Himamaylan and Kabankalan and the towns of Valladolid and Pontevedra since the start of the year, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.

Black bugs, that suck the sap of palay or unhusked rice, can be captured through light traps, he said.