MERGE Negros Occidental Board Member Ryan Gamboa and PRC governors Jorge Lim and Jay Jalandoni (l-r) help unload the equipment for the Red Cross COVID-19 laboratory in Bacolod City at the Bacolod Silay Airport yesterday*

17 more positive for Covid
Disaster worker, nurse included

Seventeen persons from Negros Occidental, 12 of whom are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who recently returned to the province, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health reported yesterday.

Also on the list are a 45-year-old male from Silay City, who is facility quarantined, and a 34-year-old male from Talisay City, who is admitted at a hospital.

Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said the Silay resident is a member of the city’s disaster team, who had no contact with returning LSIs. He will be retested to determine the accuracy of his test result, Diaz said. moremoremore

Raps filed vs. city officials;
It’s speculation, CLO says

A businessman and media practitioner filed criminal and administrative charges against Mayor Evelio Leonardia and five other city officials and employees of Bacolod before the Ombudsman for the purchase of food packs distributed to city residents during the community quarantine lockdown.

The complaint for gross neglect of duty, gave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service in relation to criminal acts of malversation of public funds and anti-graft and corrupt practices were filed by Tony Wong and Edgar Cadagat against Leonardia, Social Services and Development head PacitaTero, executive assistant Jose Maria Vargas, Dannylyn Magallanes, April Rose Morada and Francis Aranez, all public officers and employees of Bacolod.

In their complaint affidavit, Wong and Cadagat said the community quarantine prompted the city to come up with emergency relief and response service for the identified affected indigents and displaced residents of the city. moremoremore


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Messages for Danding’s folks
Beware of our mental reservations


‘NegOcc maximizes agri potentials’

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the province is focused on maximizing its agricultural potentials to cater to the needs of the agri-fishery sector to attain productivity and profitability.

Lacson, in his State of the Province Address Tuesday, said almost half of the land area of the province remains to be agricultural; however, the farmers and fisherfolk remain to be one of the poorest sectors.

“At present, we have aging farmers, the average age between 57-60 years old. Our young people have no interest in pursuing a career in agriculture, maybe out of disenchantment,” he said.