MERGE SKYGAZERS’ SHOW. The annular solar eclipse as seen from Bacolod City at 4:19 p.m. yesterday, which was supposed to peak at 4:22 p.m. but was obscured by clouds* (John Kimwell Laluma photo)

Covid-19 cases hit 68
in Neg. Occ., Bacolod
629 test negative, released

Negros Occidental now has 40 Covid-19 positive cases, with 12 new cases reported in the past three days, while Bacolod City now has 28 with one new case Saturday.

All 13 new patients were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were recently brought back to Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.

None of the Covid-19 cases were locally transmitted, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz assured yesterday. moremoremore

LSIs exit ban for
Cebu City only – DILG

Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año has temporarily banned locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from going in and out of Cebu City that is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

However, Negrense LSIs in the rest of Cebu province that is not under ECQ can return to Negros Occidental, Central Visayas Regional Director Leocadio Trovela of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, told the DAILY STAR last night.

The ban is only for those within Cebu City because it is under ECQ, he said. moremoremore


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Noneco opposes bill to privatize
electric cooperatives in Negros

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Noneco) is strong opposing a proposed bill in the House of Representatives to privatize electric cooperatives in Negros Island.

Noneco, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said its general manager, Danny Pondevilla, leader of its labor organization, and employees “willingly showed their support against privatization.”

The statement added, the employees of the power utility firm, member-consumer-owners, and the whole community of the electric coop strongly unite in one solid call to remain as an electric cooperative and denounced House Bill 03962 and its forceful move for the privatization of Noneco, and all other electric cooperatives in Negros Island.