MERGE FINED. The Bacolod Task Force Disiplina has fined 273 violators of basic health protocols such as observance of physical distancing and wearing of face mask.*


More positive for Covid,
Capitol lockdown eyed

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Three more Negros Occidental provincial government employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and a five-day lockdown of the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City has been recommended, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said last night.

Diaz said it has been recommended that the Capitol be closed staring today until Sunday for risk assessment and disinfection.

However, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson’s decision is being awaited, he said. moremoremore


Benitez brothers urge: Fly flag
at half-mast for fallen frontliners
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

President Rodrigo Duterte is being called on to declare a national period of mourning starting next week to honor healthcare workers who died after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

“This is the least that we can do to honor our healthcare workers who risked their safety to serve our nation in its darkest hour. They are modern-day heroes deserving our nation’s highest respect,” former Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday.

In his call for President Duterte to declare a national period of mourning, Benitez said in a statement that flying the Philippine flag in all public offices at half-mast beginning August 17 until September 18 is a solemn act of recognizing the sacrifice of health care workers who continued to treat COVID-19 patients despite the risks. moremoremore

 

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Sipalay to ban tourists until Aug. 31
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Sipalay City officials will temporarily ban the entry of tourists in their locality due to the spike of COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Maria Gina Lizares issued an executive order on Monday imposing a moratorium on tourism-related and non-essential travel to the city from August 14 to 31.

Under the EO, all pre-booked accommodations of tourists for the duration of the moratorium will be rebooked by the resorts and accommodation establishments.