MERGE The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office personnel disinfected Bacolod City’s public markets Sunday, as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.*

City employee, 4 others die,
gov’t center closed for week


Five Covid-19 hit Bacolod residents, including a second City Land Tax Division employee who was set to get married in September, and a call center supervisor, have died.

Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the 29-year-old Land Tax Division employee and the mother of the first fatality from that office died yesterday morning.

A female call center supervisor in her early 30s, a resident of Barangay Estefania, and another from Barangay Banago also died during the weekend, Familiaran added. moremoremore

Virus threat triggers lockdown
of La Carlota City Hall, mayor

Mayor Rex Jalando-on said he has ordered the lockdown of the La Carlota City Hall complex for a week starting yesterday after his executive assistant tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

The mayor told the DAILY STAR he and about 18 city hall employees who came in contact with the EA are also on lockdown in their residences.

Jalando-on said the EA and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19 and it has not been determined where they contracted the virus. His EA had travelled to Bacolod on July 22 and 25, the mayor said. moremoremore


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WV Economy Cluster to create
better climate for economic restart

The Economy Cluster of the Regional Task Force against Covid-19 is planning to create a better business climate as economic activities in the region reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ro-Ann Bacal, director of National Economic and Development Authority Region 6, said more responsive and innovative government interventions are in place for the economic recovery in Western Visayas.

The cluster, composed of 27 regional line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and private sector organizations in the region, recently met online to tackle new strategies and priority programs, projects, and activities under the National Action Plan against COVID-19 Phase 2.