The final assessment of the general plans for the Bacolod BioSafety Laboratory Testing Center for SARS-Cov-2 at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City Thursday by a team of experts from World Health Organization, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Department of Health.*

IATF recommends Negros,
Bacolod downgrade to GCQ

The national Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has recommended that the status of Negros Occidental and Oriental, and Bacolod City be downgraded from Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine by May 1, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday.

    However, Roque told the DAILY STAR should the officials of Negros and Bacolod see the need to extend their ECQs, they can do so.

    “GCQ is the new norm applicable to all areas not covered by ECQ, there is no such thing as back to normal yet,” he said.moremoremore

Two soldiers injured in battle 

Two more Army soldiers were injured yesterday in renewed armed clashes between government soldiers and suspected New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Sicaba, Brgy. Gawahon, Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that the two Army soldiers were injured while they and troopers of the Special Action Force Battalion 8 of the PNP were in pursuit of NPA rebels they had encountered at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

The latest armed skirmishes ensued five days after the Army soldiers and NPA rebels also clashed in Brgy. Carabalan, HimamaylanCity, that left three government troopers killed four others injured. moremoremore


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DTI price monitoring continues

The Department of Trade and Industry in Western Visayas continues to monitor business establishments to ensure compliance to the automatic price ceiling on basic necessities amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

    In its advisory, the DTI said monitoring teams were deployed to cities and municipalities to check on the prevailing prices of basic goods.

    The teams also distribute and post anti-hoarding and anti-panic buying materials to inform the public on the limitations of buying certain products, it said