MERGE About 70 ABS-CBN Bacolod employees are among those affected by the network’s shutdown*

NTC closure of ABS-CBN
amid global pandemic hit

The country's largest broadcast network, ABS-CBN, went off the air last night, after the National Telecommunications Commission ordered it to immediately cease and desist from operating with the expiration of its 25-year license Monday, amid objections from legislators.

The network, which employs about 11,000 people including about 70 in Bacolod City, went off the air after TV Patrol last night.

The network’s Bacolod staff went to their station at Lacson Street late yesterday to clear out their personal belongings amid a possible lockdown of the facility. moremoremore

ECQ fails to curb traffic build up

Long queues of vehicles, mostly from out-of-town, were seen Monday and yesterday at the border check-up points of Bacolod City, that is still under Enhanced Community Quarantine until May 15.

Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, at a virtual press conference yesterday, said the volume of vehicles in Bacolod that caused congestion Monday and yesterday could be attributed to the downgrading of the status of Negros Occidental from ECQ to General Community Quarantine.

“The normal economic activities in Negros on Mondays and Fridays involve many bulk transactions. Since we have undergone 15 days of ECQ, all businesses have stopped, and now they are here going to banks, plus the fact that the essential services have opened in Negros, and these businesses are exempted,” Familiaran said. moremoremore


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Chicken surplus stored
in Cebu, Mindanao: PVO

Some of the locally-produced dressed chickens in Negros Occidental are stored in Cebu and Mindanao due to oversupply, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.

At the “Forum on Food Security” at the Bishop’s House in Bacolod City Monday, Decena said the province has enough supply of livestock and poultry due to the provincial government’s sustainable programs.

Provincial Veterinary Office data showed that weekly production of dressed chicken was at 604 metric tons, while consumption per week reached 587.831MT, Decena said, adding it has a weekly surplus of 16.169MT.