MERGE A bus carrying health frontliners figured in an accident at a checkpoint at Araneta Street, Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon amid heavy traffic* (CPG photo)

Mayor: Bacolod readies
for May 16 shift to GCQ


Bacolod City is preparing to shift from Enhanced Community Quarantine towards General Community Quarantine on May 16, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Bacolod City has been under ECQ since March 30 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and it is set to end at 11:59 p.m. of May 15.

“There is nowhere else to go but to go back to GCQ, but our position is subject to the approval of the national IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,” Leonardia said. moremoremore

COVID-19 patients recover

More COVID-19 positive persons in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have tested negative on repeat Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests and have been declared recovered.

There were also no new COVID positive cases in Western Visayas yesterday, the Department of Health reported.

In Negros Occidental, Patient No. 2, the 43-year-old COVID-19 positive driver from La Castellana town, has tested negative for a second time and has been declared recovered, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said. moremoremore


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WV farmers to get P1.06B
in seeds, fertilizers: exec

Rice farmers in Western Visayas will receive seeds and fertilizer subsidies this month, in time for the wet cropping season, Remelyn Recoter, Department of Agriculture Region 6 director, said yesterday.

She said the department has allocated P1.06 billion for the provision of certified inbred and hybrid seeds as well as inorganic fertilizer to rice growers in Western Visayas through the Rice Resiliency Project.

The program targets to increase the production of rice and to attain food security, and has three subprojects, including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund–Enhanced, Expanded Inbred, and Expanded Hybrid, she said.