The stranded Negros Occidental and Bacolod seafarers arrive at the BREDCO port last night*

Extend Bacolod ECQ, city officials ask NIATF 

A resolution urgently appealing to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) to allow the Bacolod City government to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to May 15, was unanimously approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.

"The Sangguniang  Panlungsod, in a unanimous vote, joined me and Congressman Greg Gasataya in our appeals to President Duterte for the extension of the ECQ in our city until May 15," Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who thanked the SP for its resolution,  said.

The resolution authored by Councilor Renecito Novero said that while there were only two known COVID-19 positive patients in Bacolod City, at the time  the mayor issued  Executive Order No. 26, series of 2020 on March 27  placing Bacolod City under ECQ, the number increased to nine COVID-19 positive cases with two deaths as of yesterday.moremoremore

SP okays P155.2M for virus fight;
We’re bracing for the worst - PHO 

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved a P198,126,470 supplemental budget yesterday, of which P155,247,332 will be used to boost the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said.

    Approved was P100 million for the repair of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City to accommodate COVID-19 patients and persons under monitoring and investigation, he said.

    Also approved was P50 million for the purchase  of equipment, reagents and kits for the COVID-19 testing laboratory at TLJPH, and P5,247,332 for the preparation of the Yolanda housing project in Cadiz City as another quarantine site for the province, Ferrer added. moremoremore


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NEDA 6 readies rehab plan

The National Economic and Development Authority in Western Visayas is preparing the coronavirus disease 2019 rehabilitation and recovery plan for the region.

    Ro-Ann Bacal, NEDA 6 director, said regional line agencies, local government units, and state universities and colleges in Western Visayas were asked to identify critical issues, challenges and concerns faced by their respective sectors during the pandemic, and to review and redesign programs, projects, and activities to strengthen the region’s resilience in future emergencies.

    They were also asked to estimate budgetary requirements in the implementation of priority programs and projects that will be incorporated in the second semester of 2020, and in the next three years