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Negros, Panay travel halted
Misleading RMCI announcement
triggered it – Drilon

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Travel between Negros and Panay will no longer be allowed starting today following the closure of borders by local officials.

However, Dr. Julius Drilon, chairman of the Department of Health COVID-19 Regional Team for Bacolod and Negros, said the closure decisions were based on a non-factual advisory issued by Riverside Medical Center Inc. declaring full capacity of its COVID area, which is not true.

Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas said yesterday that due to rising cases of COVID-19, Iloilo City will close its borders to people coming in from Bacolod City and the provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental effective today until further notice. moremoremore


Hospital clarifies advisory
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Riverside Medical Center Inc. late last night clarified that it has a low number of COVID-19 cases admitted in its facility.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said RMCI’s initial advisory announcing that its isolation facility for COVID-19 patients, had reached its full capacity, gave the impression that a lot were admitted in the hospital.

The city government sought an explanation from RMCI and he hopes its latest advisory will clarify its misleading announcement Monday that caused unnecessary apprehension. moremoremore

 

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Ceneco increases rates
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative has increased its rates for this month.

In its advisory yesterday, the utility firm informed its consumers that residential rate for this month is now at P10.5943 per kilowatt hour, from P10.2716 per kWh last month, or an increase of P0.3227 per kWh.

Ceneco general manager Jose Taniongon said the hike can be attributed to the increase in the generation, transmission, and system loss charges.