MERGE Seventy-six Negrenses, who were stranded in Manila, arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport yesterday afternoon.* (Richard Malihan photo)

First Covid-19 biolab
in Negros turned over
More private hospitals setting up laboratories, too

The first Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) biolab for COVID-19 tests in Negros at The Doctors’ Hospital Inc. in Bacolod City was turned over and blessed Saturday and will begin operations in the first week of June, Dr. Rafael Jocson, TDHI chief, said.

This will enable Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to get faster COVID-19 test results, he said.

At present, collected swab specimens are sent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Roll on-Roll Off vessels for testing at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City that has the lone biolab in the region, Dr. Grace Tan, Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 spokesperson, said. moremoremore

76 Negrenses arrive,
223 add’l OFWs returning

Seventy-six Negrenses, who were stranded in Manila, arrived on board a Cebu Pacific flight at the Bacolod Silay Airport 2:50 p.m. yesterday, while 223 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected today, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

Seventy-four persons boarded the Cebu Pacific flight that returned to Manila at 3:45 p.m. yesterday, he added.

Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero said of the 74, there were 70 Filipinos, some of whom are flying out of the country, three Japanese and one German. moremoremore


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‘PH unemployment could reach 5M’

The number of unemployed Filipinos could climb to five million next month, local labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday.

Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said government needs to strengthen its mechanism to protect the workers due to massive unemployment.

He said the workers were affected by flexible working arrangements and the closing down of businesses due to the government-imposed lockdown.