MERGE Tricycles were back on the streets of Bacolod City yesterday, ferrying more passengers than allowed, and with many on board not wearing face masks, in violation of the General Community Quarantine rules.*

New fare rates start today

Negrenses should brace for a fare hike starting today, following new guidelines issued by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), that include Negros Occidental and the highly-urbanized city of Bacolod.

LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2020-017 said that starting May 1 the minimum fare for non-aircon buses will be P11 for the first five kilometers, and P1.85 for every succeeding kilometer.

For aircon buses, P13 will be charged for the first 5 kilometers and P2.20 for every succeeding kilometer, the LTFRB memorandum said, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR by Vallacar Transit Inc. that operates Ceres Liner passenger buses in Negros Island. moremoremore

Son of drug lord gunned down

The son of a convicted drug lord was gunned down in broad daylight at B.S. Aquino Drive in Barangay 5, Bacolod City, at about 2:25 p.m. Saturday, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in the city.

Gerald Catahuran Cuadra, 43, had just alighted from his pickup truck when he was shot seven times by riding-in-tandem suspects, P/Maj. Sherlock Gabana, Station 2 chief, said yesterday.

Witnesses said the gunman and his companion had been waiting in the area an hour before the shooting, Gabana added. moremoremore


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DOT readies Covid recovery plan

The Department of Tourism in Western Visayas is preparing the rehabilitation and recovery plan as the industry is among the hardest-hit sectors of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

It reported an estimated loss of P24.855 billion in almost two months, with Negros Occidental and Bacolod City incurring the bulk at P5,973,956,920.

Helen Catalbas, DOT 6 director, said among the issues and challenges they have identified is the evacuation of stranded tourists in Western Visayas, both foreign and domestic, and of stranded residents from other regions.