MERGE Rescuers and the police respond to a traffic accident involving three vehicles in San Enrique, Negros Occidental, yesterday* (San Enrique Police photo)

Covid hits Negros baby,
cases breach 100-mark


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Negros Occidental breached the 100-mark yesterday, with 13 more locally stranded individuals (LSIs) testing positive, including a baby, the Department of Health reported.

Negros Occidental now has 104 COVID-19 positive persons, 101 of whom are overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals.

The 2-month-old male baby from Moises Padilla who tested positive for the virus, is asymptomatic. moremoremore

‘CLMMRH lab operational July 10’

The COVID-19 molecular laboratory at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City will be operational on July 10.

CLMMRH Chief Dr. Julius Drilon made the announcement before the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday when he explained the reason for the variation work order with the corresponding additional cost of P1,275,364.59 for the completion of the facility that was designed for biosafety level 3.

On the recommendation of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Department of Health, and World Health Organization, Drilon said they revised the floor plan of the Molecular Laboratory so they could get a license to operate. moremoremore


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Temporary pay cuts needed
to preserve jobs: NEDA exec

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua yesterday said negotiating temporary wage reduction is needed to preserve more jobs amid the pandemic downturn.

During the virtual hearing of the House Committee on Economic Affairs, Chua said the temporary cut in wages is among the immediate steps toward the road to recovery to prevent layoffs and retrenchments as the country gradually reopens its economy.

“To keep as many jobs as much as possible and this temporary wage reduction that is consensual I think is the immediate step that we can take," he said.