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**

Seafarers return suspended
but other Negrenses coming

The national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has  temporarily suspended the return of Negrense seafarers to Negros 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.moremoremore

Covid-19 halts Labor Day street protests in Bacolod 

Workers in Negros Occidental  commemorated  International Labor Day yesterday sans street protests in Bacolod City  due to the enhanced community quarantine.

    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. moremoremore


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DOF extends payment deadlines
of local taxes, fees to June 25


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.”