MERGE The Negros Occidental Capitol that was locked down yesterday is expected to reopen Monday* (Richard Malihan photo)


Capitol locked down
as Covid-19 surges
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City and adjacent provincial government offices were locked down for five days starting yesterday amid the current surge of COVID-19 infections among its employees.

The provincial government offices are expected to resume operations Monday.

Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, in a statement announcing the lockdown, said “The current surge of COVID- 19 infections in the provincial Capitol and in our hospitals, especially at the TLJPH (Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City) where our molecular laboratory is situated, has compelled us to recommend a lockdown of the provincial Capitol for five days starting August 12 to 16." moremoremore


Virus hits EB Magalona
mayor, family
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon and some members of his family have tested positive for COVID-19, Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) confirmed yesterday.

Malacon’s lawyer Ariel Malunes last night also confirmed that the mayor and some members of his immediate family had COVID-19 and that they believe that they were infected in Bacolod City, so local transmission in EB Magalona is unlikely.

“They are currently confined in a Bacolod hospital and are recovering,” Malunes said. moremoremore

 

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New PRDP project guidelines eyed
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Regional Project Coordination Office in Western Visayas is preparing to adopt the new guidelines set by the Social and Environmental Safeguards to combat the possible spread of COVID-19 among its employees and the public.

This was taken up during the implementation of projects under the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture.

Ruby Labinghisa, RPCO Region 6 SES officer, said the new guidelines will include the PRDP components as they continue to gather inputs about the new framework.