MERGE The luggage of the 187 Negrense LSIs and two OFWs, who arrived from Manila on a 2Go Malasakit Voyage, being disinfected at the Bredco Port in Bacolod City yesterday*

Guv seeks 2-week halt
to LSI ships from Manila

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he is asking the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for a two-week halt on the entry of Negrense locally stranded individuals (LSIs) arriving on sea vessels from Manila to enable to provincial and local governments to declog their quarantine facilities.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, in a press statement, said the last batch of LSIs from Manila bound for Bacolod, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro, departed on board two 2Go passenger ships yesterday.

Roque said they are asking receiving local governments units to administer RT-PCR tests in their areas if possible, and subject the returnees to quarantine. moremoremore

San Carlos quarantine security up

Security at a quarantine facility for locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, has been tightened, following reports received by the police and the local government unit that some of its occupants allegedly used illegal drugs and engaged in drinking sprees.

PMaj. Mark Angelo Junco, officer-in-charge of the San Carlos City Police Station, yesterday confirmed that some of the quarantine facility occupants, who are neighbors and relatives of COVID-19 positive patients, who are drug users and residents of a squatter area, were also tagged as suspects in the destruction of comfort roomsfor women inside the facility.

Mayor Renato Gustilo said yesterday that about 500 families residing in sections portions of Brgys. 5 and 6 in San Carlos, have been placed on lockdown after the city recorded six COVID-19 positive cases.Some of the family members and neighbors of those who tested positive for the virus were quarantined in Margarita Village, Brgy. 2 of the city. moremoremore


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Importation of 300,000 MT rice cancelled

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said that its attached agency, the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC), has abandoned the plan of importing 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice.

The PITC is tasked to implement government-to-government (G2G) rice importation through a directive from the Department of Agriculture, as stated in the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).

PITC initially eyed to import 300,000 MT of rice for the lean months of July and August.