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Thirty-three OFWs were among those released from the EB Magalona healing center yesterday*

IATF tackles ECQ appeal,
Duterte approval needed

President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases recommendation on the request of Bacolod City for an extension of its Enhanced Community Quarantine until May 15 is being awaited, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said last night.

    Roque told the DAILY STAR  that the IATF took up the request of the Bacolod City officials in a meeting late yesterday and came up with a recommendation that he cannot announce yet.

    It still needs the president’s approval, he said.

    Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya and the Sangguniang Panlungsod have issued appeals for the extension to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic following the national IATF recommendation that Bacolod downgrade from ECQ to General Community Quarantine starting tomorrow.moremoremore

OFWs want livable quarters,
residents air fear of infection

The recently repatriated  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) yesterday appealed to the provincial government of Negros Occidental and city government of Bacolod to provide them with livable and decent quarantine sites that have passed the Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine standards.

In Bacolod City, about 28 OFWs are housed at the Graciano Lopez Jaena Elementary School in Brgy. 30 while undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

In a handwritten letter posted on social media, the returning OFWs said they have been made to take rapid testing in Manila and that they are willing to submit to the required 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

They expect empathy from all agencies involved on their psychological condition due to the stressful ordeal they have experienced since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, they said. moremoremore


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MDF submission extended anew

The Securities and Exchange Commission again extended the deadline for the submission of the mandatory disclosure forms for non-stock corporations beyond April 30.

          Clyde Linaja-Padilla, SEC Bacolod information officer, said yesterday they are encouraging all non-stock and non-profit organizations to fill out the MDF online even beyond April 30 as partial compliance.

          “There is no need to rush the submission of the printed notarized MDF as they may still do so 15 days after the suspension of travel restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

          For those who have no access to the internet, there is no need to worry as their safety is the utmost concern of SEC Bacolod, so they should stay at home, she added