MERGE Repatriated Negros Occidental and Bacolod OFWs arrived at the Bacolod Silay Airport on a C-130 Philippine Air Force plane Saturday night.* (Richard Malihan photo)

Still no air, sea travel

Commercial air and sea travel in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will not resume under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) that begins today.

The resumption of commercial sea travel has been cancelled in compliance with the MGCQ executive orders issued by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia effective today until June 15, Lt. Commander Jansen Benjamin, PCG-Negros Occidental provincial commander, said yesterday.

Only returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), and some exemptions, will be allowed to enter the province and city, he said, which also covers interisland travel between Negros and Panay. moremoremore

Borders to remain closed: guv

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson issued Executive Order No. 20-25 Series of 2020 yesterday placing Negros Occidental under Modified General Community Quarantine starting today until June 15, but is keeping its borders closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

This means the borders of Negros Occidental and Oriental will also remain closed, he said.

Since possible sources of infection for COVID-19 are people illegally crossing the borders of Negros Occidental, all local government units, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard are enjoined to heighten the security and patrol of the seaports and borders, he said. moremoremore


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Complaint eyed versus Ceneco

Consumer group Power Watch Negros is mulling a complaint against the Central Negros Electric Cooperative for a “sudden increase” in its power rate charges during the lockdown.

Power Watch secretary-general, Wennie Sancho, said yesterday they would like to know if the increase in the electric bill was the result of erroneous meter reading, or if the firm came up with its own "projected estimate" of the consumers’ monthly electric charges.

Sancho said Power Watch, on behalf of the consumers, has the right to demand that power supply and services be conducted with reasonable efficiency, and the rates explained for purposes of transparency and accountability.