MERGE The “no barrier, no back-riding” policy in Bacolod City was implementation during the weekend* (BTAO photo)


Covid hits babies, 121
others in Negros, Bacolod

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

There were 123 new COVID-19 cases in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental during the weekend.

Bacolod City was the topnotcher in Western Visayas with 89 new COVID-19 cases, two of whom were babies of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Department of Health reported.

The DOH report also said 61 of those who tested positive in Bacolod City were OFWs, eight were locally stranded individuals (LSIs), and 20 were domestic cases. moremoremore


1 week halt on OFW arrivals ok’d,
OWWA owes hotels, inns P17.5M
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has granted the request of the Bacolod City government for a one-week moratorium on the return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) while it settles its unpaid bills to hotels and inns in the city amounting to P17.5 million, Councilor Renecito Novero said yesterday.

There are 21 hotels and inns in Bacolod that have been accommodating OFWs, Novero, chair of the Quarantine Center Action Team, said.

About five establishments are refusing to accept OFWs anymore unless they are paid by OWWA, Councilor Israel Salanga, who heads the Action Team on Returning OFWs, said. moremoremore

 

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BPO workers call for job
safety amid COVID-19
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) Bacolod chapter is calling on the government to look at the plight of the industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Aaron Cristal, BIEN Bacolod president, in a statement, said the crisis has an impact on the workers’ safety, jobs, and rights at work, stressing that the BPO industry is the second economic growth driver in the country, after the overseas Filipino workers.

However, BPO workers receive no social protection and are faced with health and safety risks, he said.