MERGE RECOVERED. A 3-month-old baby boy from Moises Padilla, the youngest COVID-19 patient in Negros Occidental who returned to the province from Manila in late June, has recovered, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday*

BIR, SEC offices close
Covid-hit frontliner’s visit cited

The Bureau of Internal Revenue offices in Bacolod and Victorias cities were closed yesterday because a frontliner, who tested positive for COVID-19, had gone there Wednesday, BIR Regional Director Antonio Jonathan Jaminola said.

The Securities and Exchange Commission-Bacolod Extension Office that is adjacent to the Bacolod BIR office was also closed.

The BIR Regional Office 12 and Revenue District Office No. 77 in Bacolod and Revenue District Office No. 76 in Victorias City were closed for disinfection and will reopen on Monday, Jaminola said. moremoremore

Guv warns of rising
local transmissions

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday he agrees that Negros Occidental should be classified as a medium risk area considering the rising number COVID-19 local transmissions in the province.

Classifying the province as low risk might give Negrenses a false sense of security, he said.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Wednesday night announced that Negros Occidental and Oriental, and Bacolod City are medium risk areas that will remain under Modified General Community Quarantine until July 31. moremoremore


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Power group evaluating proposed
Ceneco takeover by farmers’ coop

Power Watch Negros said it is evaluating the application of a farmers’ cooperative to take over Central Negros Electric Cooperative.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of Power Watch, in a letter to Ceneco through Board president Dwight Carbon dated July 14, said the consumers’ group is evaluating the merits of the application of Gamboa Hermanos Farmers Cooperative to take over the power distribution franchise of Ceneco and the benefits to consumers of retaining the electric cooperative as the distribution utility.

He said they are asking for more information “to guide us on whom to support in this important choice that will affect the people of Central Negros for the next 20 years, and probably longer.”