MERGE FLAGS OUT. The Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City is all set for Independence Day on Friday* (Richard Malihan photo)

Capitol denies ‘witch hunt’

There is nothing personal, politics is not behind the 60-day suspension of two Negros Occidental provincial government executives, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson on Monday issued 60-day preventive suspension orders on Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. and Mambukal Resort head Ellen Marie Jalandoni, pending investigation of administrative charges lodged against them.

A show cause order was also issued against Ma. Mina Pellejo, Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program Division officer-in-charge, prompting insinuations that Capitol officials may be going after personnel associated with former governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. moremoremore

It’s home quarantine for LSIs

Eighty-four Negrense locally stranded individuals (LSIs), six of whom are infants, arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on a Philippine Airlines sweeper flight organized by the Negros Occidental provincial government yesterday, and 151 boarded the same aircraft when it flew back to Manila.

All returning LSIs passed through a thermal scanner and were swabbed for COVID-19 testing, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

They also had to fill up health cards for contact tracing should anyone on their flight test positive for the virus, he added. moremoremore


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Barbershops, salons in Bacolod
compliant with health protocols

Barbershops and salons in Bacolod City were found to be compliant with health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, Rachel Nufable, Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental director, said yesterday.

Barbershops and salons resumed operations on June 7. They can only operate at a maximum of 50 percent capacity in areas under the Modified General Community Quarantine.

Both Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are under MGCQ.