MERGE Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer (7th from left) after he delivered his annual legislative report, with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and the provincial board members, at the Social Hall of the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon* (Richard Malihan photo)


MGCQ likely to remain
in Neg. Occ., Bacolod
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia expect Negros Occidental and Bacolod City to remain under Modified General Community Quarantine after today.

Leonardia said he wrote to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to request that Bacolod City be allowed to remain under MGCQ after July 15 and it looks like his request will be granted.

He has received word from an insider at the IATF-EID that his request was approved but he will wait for an official announcement, Leonardia said. moremoremore


Covid cases breach
200-mark, frontliner hit
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

There are 19 new COVID-19 positive patients in Western Visayas, 11 of whom are from Negros Occidental, and two from Bacolod City, the Department of Health reported yesterday.

This brought the COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental to 206 and 64 in Bacolod City.

The new COVID-19 positive cases in Bacolod City are a 24-year-old female medical technician frontliner, and a 22-year-old male from Himamaylan City but staying in Bacolod City, who is a close contact of a positive case, Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, DOH 6 spokesperson for the week, said. moremoremore

 

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Halt importation, strengthen food
security, sugar leaders urge gov’t
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The sugar industry leaders are calling on the government to stop importation, and instead, strengthen the country’s food security program.

“We, in the sugar industry, support the call of the United Broiler Raisers Association to the Department of Agriculture to put a halt on the importation program and address the disconnect of continued importation vis-à-vis the President’s call to strengthen food security,” a statement of industry leaders released yesterday showed.

The statement was signed by Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr., president of Sugarcane Growers Association of Bukidnon Inc. and chairman emeritus of the Sugarcane Farmers of Bukidnon Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Roberto Cuenca - president of Asociacion de Agricultores de la Carlota y Pontevedra Inc., Pablo Luis Azcona - president of Kabankalan-Ilog Planters Association, and Edgardo Paulino Eugenio, an unaffiliated Isabela-Cagayan sugar farmer.