MERGE Back-riding on motorcycles is allowed for couples who show proof that they are married and are out to buy essential goods, or are going to work, the police said* (Andy Alvarez photo)

‘Enforce health protocols,
Covid-19 danger no joke’

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday appealed to all barangay officials in the city to make sure that their constituents follow basic health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

He said he is not comfortable seeing so many people moving around after the status of Bacolod was downgraded from Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine.

More implementers are needed, such as the police, to help the city government impose minimum health protocols, the mayor said. moremoremore

Allow masses,
services, NIATF asked

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia Monday appealed to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) to reconsider its rule that limits the size of religious gatherings to only a maximum of 10 persons for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Bacolod City is under GCQ until May 31 based on NIATF Resolution No. 37 adopted on May 15.

In his letter to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, NIATF chairperson, Leonardia said that church leaders in the city are pleading to be allowed to hold masses or worship and prayer services with attendance strictly set at maximum of 50 percent of the venue seating capacity, including the celebrant or pastor and their assistants. moremoremore


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Biz sector outlines NegOcc
economic recovery plan

The business sector in Negros Occidental has outlined the economic recovery plan for the province to stimulate economic activities, Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said yesterday.

He said the proposed Negros Economic Rehabilitation Plan was already forwarded to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and was discussed during the provincial government’s small group consultation with the business sector last week.

Under the proposal, Carbon said the business sector is pushing for a quick restart of the ongoing government infrastructure projects, start other developments with approved budgets and expedite the bidding process for pending ones.