MERGE Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson delivering his state of the province address yesterday* (Richard Malihan photo)


Lacson: New normal
opportunity for change
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The State of the Province Address of Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday centered on the coronavirus pandemic and the actions and innovations that his administration took to address public health and economic concerns.

The Covid-19 crisis is estimated to have brought about P9.57 billion worth of economic losses to the province, and we saw the need for decisive actions and innovations, Lacson said in his hour-long SOPA delivered at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

He cited the establishment of the first-ever Covid-19 testing laboratory in Negros Occidental, at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City on June 2, provision for food security and establishment of Covid-19 quarantine facilities, worth P66,247,332, hazard pay and special risk allowance for health workers and frontliners in the continued fight against the pandemic, and hiring of 117 additional medical personnel and coders to assist in the Covid-19 response, among others. moremoremore


Tests backlog hampers Covid battle
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The battle against COVID-19 in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, and the rest of Western Visayas, is being hampered by a backlog in the release of more than 5,000 Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test results at the two operating laboratories in the region.

The Department of Health has reported no new COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for the past three days amidst the slow release of test results.

Dr. Stephanie Abello, head of the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (WVMC-SNL) in Iloilo City, said they have been overwhelmed with swab specimens being sent to them for RT-PCR testing and have a backlog in the thousands. moremoremore

 

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Salons allowed facial, other services

The Department of Trade and Industry has released new guidelines which allow barbershops and salons to offer more services other than haircuts, Malacañang announced yesterday.

“The services that barbershops and parlors can offer are no longer limited to basic haircutting,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser, and cited DTI Memorandum 20-38, which states that barbershops and salons operating in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) may now offer all haircutting and hair treatment services.

Roque said customers who are residing in areas under modified GCQ (MGCQ) may avail of haircutting, hair treatment, and nail care services.