The Philippine Coast Guard delivers 3,000 food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to Negros Occidental to aid residents affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine*

GCQ to start Friday in Negros, Bacolod  

Negros Occidental, that is currently under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, will be placed under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ), which will slightly ease the rule on persons allowed out of their houses, starting Friday, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

    Mayor Evelio Leonardia last night also said Bacolod City, that is currently under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), is bound to follow the orders of the national government to enforce a GCQ by Friday.

    “However, we are waiting for the guidelines from Malacañang so we can implement it accordingly,” he said.

    “We will focus on measures that will continue to prevent mass movement in Bacolod City because we cannot let our guard down in this fight against the spread of  the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”, Leonardia said.moremoremore

Exit team readies city’s plan

The Bacolod exit planning team headed by Councilor Archie Baribar met yesterday to discuss steps to be taken by the local government after the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the city  ends on Thursday, and a General Community Quarantine kicks in.

    Baribar said there were things they have taken up that were final,  but most have to finalized in a meeting today.

    After their meeting, they will  submit their recommendations to the mayor, he said.

    "Whatever decision we will make the wearing of face masks,  social distancing  and personal hygiene will be a common denominator for our activities in the future," he said. moremoremore


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Guidelines issued to restart economy

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued guidelines for restarting economic activities amid the coronavirus crisis to help micro, small, and medium enterprises.

    One of the biggest challenges that businesses will face is to restart operations while the local government is still under community quarantine amid the pandemic, Frank Carbon, MBCCI chief executive officer, said yesterday.

    He added that “businesses considered non-essential have no revenues while the ECQ or lockdown is in place, yet they may still be paying salaries, rent, and debt interest. These expenditures may have been deferred, including through government-sponsored programs, but rarely waived,” he said.

    The longer the hiatus, the greater the financial pressure on businesses, he added