MERGE Silay Mayor Mark Golez and Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson at the inauguration of the Silay Healing Center yesterday*


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TO REMAIN UNDER MGCQ UNTIL JULY 31
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental and Oriental, and Bacolod City, have been classified as medium risk areas and will remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until the end of the month, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced last night.

Roque, who made the announcement during a live broadcast with President Rodrigo Duterte, said only Cebu City will remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, shortly after Roque’s announcement, issued Executive Order No. 48, Series of 2020, extending the MGCQ in Bacolod for the third time until the end of the month. moremoremore


More frontliners test Covid-positive
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

There are 37 new COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental, and three in Bacolod City, including four frontliners, the Department of Health reported yesterday.

The Negros Occidental and Bacolod cases are among 77 new cases in Western Visayas yesterday.

In Negros Occidental, 10 of the new cases involve local residents, the DOH report showed. moremoremore

 

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Confed backs call to halt importation
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Confederation of Sugar Producers said they are happy that more sugar stakeholders are against sugar importation and enjoined other industry players to be united in urging the government to stop its importation program, at least until the next crop year.

In a statement yesterday, Nicolas Ledesma Jr., Confed Negros-Panay chairman, said that as early as June, they already informed Sugar Regulatory Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica that they are against any importation, particularly since sugar stock balances show that there may be no need to import for this crop year till 2021.

Confed, in a letter to Serafica through national president, Ferdinand Marañon, said their evaluation of sugar stock balance based on preliminary data on supply and demand from SRA for September 2019–May 2020, or the last crop year, showed that the figures clearly manifest a slim variance on raw sugar production as compared to the previous crop year.