MERGE Fr. Chad Gayares blesses the COVID-19 testing laboratory at the TLJPH, in the presence of Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Dr. Mary Ann Maestral Palermo, Dr. Ma. Estrella Ledesma and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca (clockwise from left) yesterday.* (Richard Malihan photo)

Capitol allots P100M
for pandemic facility


The Negros Occidental provincial government has earmarked P100 million for an infectious disease facility at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

The P100 million will be taken from the P155 million “Bayanihan” grant released by the national government to the province to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

Lacson said P50 million of the fund was used for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing at the TLJPH, that is now operational. moremoremore

Lab ready for Covid-19 mass testing

The COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City that is now operational will shorten the quarantine period for returning overseas Filipino workers (OWFs), who are found negative for the virus, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

The laboratory can have test results out in two to four hours, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

The COVID-19 laboratory at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City that conducts tests for the entire Region 6 takes days to release test results. moremoremore


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LGUs to resume tourism activities

Several local government units in Negros Occidental will resume tourism activities, with the province now under modified general community quarantine, provincial tourism officer Jennylind Cordero said yesterday.

She said some resorts, like Lakawon Island in Cadiz City, will open for day tourists, while some are applying for authorization from the Department of Tourism to reopen their establishments.

She also said the Provincial Tourism Office is preparing the safety guidelines applicable to each LGU, based on health and security protocols.