MERGE Moises Padilla rescuers carry the remains of one of the drowning victims.* (Moises Padilla DRRMO photo)

We can’t afford lockdowns
of cities, provinces: Galvez

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Action Plan against COVID-19, does not support the call of two doctors’ groups to place the entire Bacolod City under a two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine following a spike in COVID-19 local transmissions.

Galvez, who met with Western Visayas officials in Iloilo City, yesterday said “in the opening of the economy, we cannot afford total lockdowns of cities and provinces.”

He said that instead of an ECQ, “targeted and surgical lockdowns of only affected areas are the necessary steps to protect more lives and let our economy recover.” moremoremore

5 business groups
against ECQ return

Five business groups in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are against a return to enhanced community quarantine and are asking for the cooperation of the public as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

A position paper was released yesterday by the business groups, and signed by Edgar Sy, president of the Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., William Ong - president of Northern Negros Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Henry Uy, chairman of Negros Occidental Filipino-Chinese Amity Club Inc., Alfonso Cu - president of Southern Negros Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., and Roberto Montelibano, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

They stressed that the people are already experiencing the negative impact of the economic downturn due to the quarantine measures imposed earlier and another lockdown may lead to more businesses closing, increased joblessness, more people falling deeper into poverty, and its knock-on effects on peace and order. moremoremore


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Covid and local governance
No middle-ground
Distancing, yes. Indifference, no


Ceneco acts to reduce generation cost

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative said it is holding a public bidding for its power supply requirement to reduce generation cost.

Jose Taniongon, Ceneco general manager, in his reply-letter to consumers’ group Power Watch Negros dated July 27, said the electric cooperative is currently implementing the competitive selection process to replace its previous method of negotiation.

Taniongon said that Ceneco’s accomplishment to reduce power interruption is still within the required standards of the National Electrification Administration, but the power coop continuously advances its effort to improve its infrastructure to increase reliability, resulting in lesser brownouts.