MERGE Secretaries Michael Lloyd Dino and Roy Cimatu (1st and 2nd from right) arrived at the Bacolod Silay Airport yesterday afternoon to assess the COVID-19 situation in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City*

Give Negros, Bacolod all-out
support vs. Covid-19: Duterte


President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed us to provide all the support needed to curb the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, said yesterday.

“We want the people of Negros to feel that the national government is here and is very concerned and is very serious in helping the area,” Dino told the DAILY STAR.

They are also assessing whether Bacolod City, that is now under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), needs to go back to Enhanced Community Quarantine and will give their recommendation to the National Inter-Agency Task Force and the president, he said. moremoremore

4-day timeout awaits final OK

A 4-day “time-out no movement period” in Bacolod City starting tomorrow until Monday is subject to official approval by the National Inter-Agency Task Force, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said last night.

An official copy of the NIATF approval of the 4-day lockdown was still being awaited last night, he said.

Mass testing for COVID-19 will push through tomorrow and Saturday in 14 testing centers in Bacolod City, an advisory from Leonardia’s office said yesterday afternoon. moremoremore


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NOLITC holds first virtual graduation

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center held the first virtual graduation yesterday for its 170 scholars, who completed the program.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his message to the graduates, said online ceremonies like the graduation will not be able to give the graduates a genuine feeling of the rite of passage that a customary graduation would.

“But since we’re in a pandemic right now, we need to find ways to give our graduates the acknowledgment and conferment they rightfully deserve,” he said.