MERGE Massive testing of persons entering Negros Occidental and frontliners has allowed the early detection of COVID-19 patients* (Richard Malihan photo)

Capitol frontliner Covid-positive,
emergency team quarantined


Fifteen members of the Emergency Response Unit of the Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) have been quarantined after one of their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.

The 47-year-old male PDRRMO ambulance driver frontliner and four more locally stranded individuals who arrived in Negros Occidental tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health reported yesterday.

This brings to 109 the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental, with no deaths, the DOH said. moremoremore

Minoyan under ECQ,
120 houses locked down

Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas placed Barangay Minoyan in Murcia, Negros Occidental, under Enhanced Community Quarantine and locked down 120 houses in Purok New Site yesterday.

Rojas said Purok New Site, where an ambulance driver who tested positive for COVID-19 is from, is now under Extreme ECQ.

The ambulance driver of the Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office had gone home to Purok New Site on June 29 and returned to Bacolod City on July 1, Rojas said. moremoremore


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Business leader Frank Carbon is urging the labor sector in Negros Occidental to help in the retooling of workers as they adjust to the “new normal” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday that the labor sector should collaborate with government agencies, such as the departments of Trade and Industry, Labor and Employment, and Agriculture, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to develop a retooling program for workers who lost their jobs.

He added that representatives of the labor sector in the Regional Wage Board should initiate action.