MERGE Will churches, like the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, remain closed under a General Community Quarantine with initial guidelines stating that only mass gatherings of 10 will be allowed?* (Richard Malihan photo)

City gov’t reassessing
HQP plan, mayor says

Mayor Evelio Leonardia last night said he is reassessing the plan to require the continued use of home quarantine passes (HQPs) in Bacolod City during the General Community Quarantine that begins in Bacolod City tomorrow.

“We are considering possible options and scenarios,” he said, following negative reactions to the announcement that HQPs would still be required even after the city’s enhanced community quarantine ends at 11:59 p.m. today.

“We have heard you, we are listening. We are aware of your reactions on the issue of the Home Quarantine Passes and we will reassess,” Leonardia said, adding that he will announce his decision on the matter today. moremoremore

Now it’s GCQ for Bacolod, Neg. Occ.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced yesterday that, starting tomorrow the entire Philippines, except for Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu City, will be under General Community Quarantine that will allow the resumption of public transportation at reduced capacity and some businesses to reopen.

Negros Occidental and Oriental, and Bacolod City, which have been classified by the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) as low-risk, fall under the GCQ category.

Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu City will be under modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. moremoremore


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Workplace guidelines issued

The departments of Labor and Employment and of Trade and Industry issued interim guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of Covid-19 as local government units are expected to ease restrictions starting tomorrow.

In the guidelines signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, workers and employers are required to follow precautionary measures aligned with the health standards set by the Department of Health.

To reduce the transmission of Covid-19 in workplaces, workers and employers in the private sector are mandated to observe strict health and safety protocols.