No social distancing at the bus stop for COVID frontliners and essential workers at the Bacolod Public Plaza* Andy Alvarez photo

Modified Negros ECQ to start April 20 – guv

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson  yesterday announced  the implementation  of  a slightly modified Enhanced Community Quarantine  in  Negros Occidental effective April 20.

    He said the modifications to the ECQ that will remain in effect until April 30 were agreed on during  a meeting with local chief executives yesterday morning.

    The modifications do not cover Bacolod  that is a highly urbanized city and does not fall under the jurisdiction  of the provincial government.

    Lacson said starting April 20  limited public transportation  will be allowed  in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental. moremoremore

City to honor passes issued by province

Bacolod  Mayor Evelio Leonardia  said he has  assured Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that the more than 1,000 car    passes issued by the provincial government  will be honored as entry permits into the city despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that restricts travel into and out of the city to protect its citizens from COVID-19.  

 Leonardia, in a press release,  clarified that these arrangements were made only yesterday  between the province and the city, after Lacson   requested that the city honor these provincial passes.

 “We were unaware until yesterday that the province had been issuing many car passes that people mistakenly thought also allowed them unhampered travel in and out of Bacolod, which is simply not the case. I regret this misunderstanding by the people,” Leonardia said. moremoremore


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NFA to mill 10,000 bags of palay

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said the National Food Authority in Negros Occidental will mill  10,000 bags of procured palay, or unhusked rice, at the Rice Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, today.

    He said the NFA continues with its rice distribution and its regional office said it is willing to augment the stocks in the province if there is a need.

    Since last year, the NFA has been procuring palay from farmers after traders offered a lower buying price.