MERGE Members of the Federation of Urban Poor mark Ninoy Aquino Day by laying flowers at his statue in Bacolod City yesterday*

HQPs, border controls set
to curb rising Covid cases
66 more hit, 2 die

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that in a five-hour consultation with a cross section of the community yesterday, it was agreed that home quarantine passes, border controls, and Sunday lockdowns will be reimposed in Bacolod City to curb the rising spread of COVID-19.

This was a collective decision reached in a city government consultation with different sectors, including Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, and the business and medical communities following the appeal of the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) to place Bacolod under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine for two weeks, he said.

These measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be imposed following the passage of an ordinance authored by Bacolod Councilor Renecito Novero next week to legalize such moves, the mayor said. moremoremore

Governor cites Ninoy’s example
in battle against unseen enemy


Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the life of Ninoy Aquino should serve as an example to Filipinos to be vigilant and disciplined in the face of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The nation yesterday marked Ninoy Aquino Day, a non-working holiday observed annually to commemorate the assassination of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now the Ninoy Aquino International Airport) on his return to the Philippines from exile in the United States on Aug. 21, 1983.

Lacson said, “While the fear we are confronted with right now may be different from the fear the Filipinos had back then, the life of Ninoy Aquino should rouse us to be resolute in our purpose to be vigilant, disciplined and accountable in all our actions, particularly in the face of a dangerous and unseen virus.” moremoremore


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Noceco power rates down in August

The residential rates of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative have decreased by 5.89 percent in August.

Jonas Discaya, Noceco general manager, said the rates for this month decreased by P0.5395, from July’s billing of P9.1617 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to P8.6222 per kWh.

The main drivers of the lower electricity rates this month were the P0.4841 per kWh decrease in the generation charge, from P4.6042 to P4.1201 per kWh, reduction of P1.1538 per kWh from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, the P0.0147 per kWh drop in the Power Supply Agreement with Palm Concepcion Power Corporation, and the P0.1627 per kWh decrease in the PSA with KEPCO SPC Power Corporation, he said.