La Carlota seals off borders  last night following the confirmation of a COVID-19 positive case in neighboring La Castellana*

La Castellana locks down
brgy with Covid-19 case

Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan has ordered the lockdown of Barangay Nato in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, after one resident was confirmed to be coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive yesterday afternoon.

    The mayor told the DAILY STAR the COVID-19 confirmed case is  a 43-year-old male, who was the driver of a recently confirmed virus-positive couple (WV27 and WV 38) from Pavia, Iloilo.

    The driver, who is currently stable and asymptomatic, is in a quarantine facility, and his wife and child have tested negative for the virus, she said.

    Mangilimutan said the driver returned to La Castellana on March 13 and home quarantined until March 28 and did not manifest any COVID-19 symptoms.

    However, on April 5, he developed a fever and had LBM but did not consult a doctor.

    His employer tested positive for COVID-19 on April 5 in Iloilo and he was informed of this on April 8, she said.

    On April 11, the driver informed the La Castellana local government and was immediately quarantined at a facility, she said.moremoremore

NPA use of landmines hit  

The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division yesterday mourned the loss of the lives of three soldiers, including a young Army officer, in an ambush staged by the New People’s Army in Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Sunday.

    At the same time, Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3ID commander ,condemned the “cowardice and dastardly act of the NPA” saying the rebels violated the International Humanitarian Law for using landmines in the ambush.

Vinoya vowed the Army will press the fight hard against the local terrorist group. moremoremore


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Biz sector drafts proposal
to stimulate local economy


The business sector in Negros Occidental has drafted a proposal that will help reduce the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 to the local economy.

    Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said yesterday that one of the biggest concerns of the COVID-19 crisis is its impact to small businesses and knock-on effect of unemployment.

    He added there are efforts to support small and medium businesses and those affected through multiple channels.

    The business sector has recommended actions for the local government and government agencies to implement “to financially stimulate the economy” and “address the growing economic crisis” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic