Health frontliners in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental,
wearing PPE gowns and face shields provided by the Negrense Volunteers
for Change to protect them from Covid-19**
but other Negrenses coming
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging
has temporarily suspended the return of Negrense seafarers to
Occidental, but moves to transfer those who have already arrived from
government facilities to hotels were underway yesterday.
Seventeen Negrenses stranded in Palawan are expected to arrive in Negros Occidental on Monday, and paperwork is being completed for the return of 20 University of the Philippines Visayas students still in Iloilo, Zeaphard Caelian, head of the provincial Humanitarian and Response Cluster, said yesterday.
There are 1,557 Negrenses, so far, who have sought help from the Capitol for their return to Negros Occidental, after Covid-19 lockdowns caused them to be stranded, he added.
Caelian said the temporary suspension of the seafarers return came after five of the 55 Bacolod and Negros Occidental seafarers who arrived this week yielded positive results to Rapid Antibody-based tests.
Covid-19 halts Labor Day street protests in Bacolod
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Workers in Negros Occidental commemorated International
yesterday sans street protests in Bacolod City due to the
Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the commemoration of the International Labor Day was overshadowed by the devastating coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
“There were no massive rallies, issues on labor oppression were swept under the rug as the world focused more on coronavirus deaths rather than the miserable life brought about by lack of income due to restrictions,” he said.
With the ECQ in place, thousands of workers have been displaced while business establishments have stopped operations to prevent the spread of the virus.
DOF extends payment deadlines
of local taxes, fees to June 25
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Department of Finance
(DOF) has issued Department Circular (DC) 002-2020, which extended
deadlines for the payment of “taxes, fees, and charges of local
government units” pursuant to Section 4 (z) of Republic Act 11469, or
the "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act", to provide relief to Filipinos
impacted by the disruption of economic activities due to the
coronavirus disease 2019.
In a letter transmitting the DC to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said it was the DOF’s view that Section 4 (z) be “liberally construed to include all LGUs.”
Dominguez added the DOF issued DC 002-2020 “for the uniform adoption and implementation by all LGUs on the extension of deadlines for the payment of local taxes, fees, and charges and providing relevant guidelines for the purpose.”