MERGE The Western Visayas Regional Inter-Agency Task Force has concurred with the request for a four-day travel moratorium for locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipinos returning to Negros Occidental and Bacolod City*

Duterte acts on call for help,
team to fight Covid arriving
DOH assures more hospital beds, workers

A top level national government team is arriving to assist Bacolod City in its COVID-19 battle, in response to Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s urgent appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday for help.

“We want to assure you that the national government is here to help you…We will support you all the way,” Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Michael Lloyd Dino, assured Leonardia last night.

Dino told the mayor he is arriving in Bacolod City tonight with Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of the Task Force COVID-19 in Cebu, and retired general Mel Feliciano, the task force’s deputy overseer. moremoremore

SP grants emergency authority
to close borders, issue HQPs

An ordinance granting emergency authority to Mayor Evelio Leonardia in the face of COVID-19 pandemic was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on final reading during its regular session yesterday.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Renecito Novero grants the mayor emergency authority to issue executive orders, directives and advisories for strategies and programs that will halt or mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in the city.

The executive issuance from the mayor may include the lockdown of and restriction of movements in specified places in the city, closing of borders, establishment of check points, imposition of home quarantine, the issuance of home quarantine passes (HQP) and imposition of regular curfew hours, among others. moremoremore


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Ceneco rates slightly up in August

There was a slight increase in the residential rates of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative this month.

Maria Agnes Claro, officer-in-charge of the Office of the General Manager, said yesterday there was a difference of P0.0486 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in its residential rate this billing month, from last month’s rate of P10.5943 per kWh to P10.6429 per kWh.

Claro said the hike was attributed to the increase in the generation, transmission, and system loss charges.