MERGE BAYANIHAN. Residents of Salvador Benedicto town in Negros Occidental help policemen and their patrol vehicle that encountered a problem yesterday* (Salvador Benedicto PNP photo)

New curfew to take effect

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved yesterday the amendment of the curfew ordinance by providing a clause granting the mayor executive prerogative.

This in response to the executive order issued by Mayor Evelio Leonardia to implement a curfew by 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. in Bacolod.

The original curfew ordinance, authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, provides for the observance of curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for everyone in all public places as part of preventive measures against Covid-19. moremoremore

2 CLMMRH personnel Covid positive

Two personnel of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital tested positive of the coronavirus disease 2019, its medical center chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, confirmed yesterday.

In an advisory, Drilon said that both personnel were already in isolation before the release of the results and they have already identified their close contacts and have conducted risk stratification.

Contacts classified as medium to high risk were isolated, he added. moremoremore


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DAR shortens land acquisition
process from 291 to 112 days

The Department of Agrarian Reform has issued guidelines simplifying the land acquisition and distribution process on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)-covered agricultural lands from the original 291 days to only 112 days to accelerate the distribution of lands to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the guidelines, through Administrative Order 01, series of 2020, are in pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to complete the land acquisition and distribution (LAD) of the remaining private agricultural lands, covered by Republic Act 6657, by June 30, 2022.

RA 6657 is an act instituting the CARP where the welfare of the landless farmers and farmworkers will receive the highest consideration to promote social justice and to move the nation toward sound rural development and industrialization, and the establishment of owner cultivatorship of economic-size farms as the basis of Philippine agriculture.