MERGE TOO HEAVY. The bridge in Sitio Pangpang, Brgy. Alijis, Valladolid town in Negros Occidental, collapsed when a 10-wheeler truck, loaded with soya beans, passed over it at 6:20 a.m. Saturday.* (Mark Delos Reyes Cabrillos photo)

Defense chief halts LSI
trips to Negros, Bacolod
But sweeper flights ok’d by IATF until July 5

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced yesterday that he has suspended the repatriation of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to Western Visayas, which includes Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, for two weeks effective yesterday to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson asked the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Friday for a two-week moratorium on the return of Negrense LSIs by sea from Manila to enable the provincial government to declog its quarantine facilities.

Lorenzana, chairman of the National Action Plan on Coronavirus Disease (NAP COVID-19), said that he has approved the suspension of LSI repatriation to Region 6 (Western Visayas) and Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) for two weeks. moremoremore

26 new Covid-19 cases in WV

There are ten new COVID-19 positive cases in Bacolod City and one in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, the Department of Health announced yesterday.

Ten are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and one is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), the DOH said, adding that all are facility quarantined.

The COVID-positive OFW is a 61-year-old male Bacolodnon. moremoremore


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LGUs’ intervention urged
to mitigate Covid impact

The local business sector is urging local government units in Negros Occidental to initiate immediate interventions to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to stir the local economy.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the government-imposed quarantine was necessary to save lives, but “we are now facing economic distress because of the loss of jobs and other means of livelihood.”

He said that many businesses, including small and micro enterprises, and considered non-essentials, were forced to close.