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 Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, tanods  inspect the home quarantine pass of a motorcycle rider after ordering his backrider to alight for violating the social distancing protocol as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease.*

Two OFWs test positive
for COVID-19 in Negros

Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) recently repatriated to Negros Occidental  from Cebu have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed last night.

          This brings to four the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental.

          The two were among the 35 Negrense OFWs who were repatriated from Cebu on April 14 by boat to Escalante City. They were then taken by bus to the provincial government’s healing center in EB Magalona town, where they have been quarantined since.

          Both are asymptomatic and under strict isolation, the governor said.moremoremore

No return to normal by April 30: Albee

Life will not return to normal in Negros Occidental by April 30, for the rest of the year we will be in some sort of quarantine because we have to protect our people from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), former Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez said yesterday.

          The Enhanced Community Quarantine in Negros Occidental was set to end on April 30 but Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson appears inclined to extend it.

          Even without the new COVID-19 cases in the province, ECQ would mostly likely continue, Lacson said last night.

          The Department of Health last night and Monday announced three new COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, bringing the total to four. moremoremore


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DA allocates P1.06 billion
for WV rice resiliency project


TThe Department of Agriculture is allocating P1.06 billion for Western Visayas under its Rice Resiliency Project, its Region 6 director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday.

    The Department of Budget and Management recently approved P8.5 billion for the nationwide implementation of RRP, she said.

    Western Visayas, the country’s third-largest rice-producing region, will get 12 percent of the allocation and almost half of it will be used to boost rice productivity of Iloilo province, she said.

    She added that Iloilo is the top rice producing province in Western Visayas and number five in the country.