MERGE Overseas Filipinos Workers who arrived at the Bacolod Silay Airport last night* (Councilor Israel Salanga photo)

Mass repatriation starts,
hundreds of OFWs arrive
Negros, Bacolod officials caught by surprise

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City officials were caught by surprise with the arrival of hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) yesterday as part of a three-day nationwide mass repatriation program.

They were only informed yesterday of the mass repatriation drive giving them very little time to make arrangements with hotels and pension houses that will serve as quarantine facilities for the returning OFWs as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

There were about 468 OFWs who arrived in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City yesterday with more expected in the next two days. moremoremore

Another seafarer virus-positive

A 41-year-old repatriated Bacoleño overseas Filipino worker (OFW) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health reported yesterday.

The Bacoleño, who worked on a cruise ship, left Miami, Florida, on April 17, and was quarantined in a hotel in Manila from April 18 to May 12. His initial test done in Manila on May 2 yielded negative results for COVID-19, Dr. Grace Tan, Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 spokesperson, said.

He arrived in Bacolod City on a 2GO Malasakit Voyage on May 13, Tan said. moremoremore


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Dispose of idle assets to conserve
cash, MBCCI exec urges Negrenses

Local business leader Frank Carbon has urged Negrenses to dispose of idle assets to conserve their cash amid the “economic storm” due to the coronavirus 2019 pandemic.

Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday that families have to find ways to survive and fill that gap as they wait for local and national governments to stimulate the economy.

He said that “bartering or selling idle assets are good as it helps you conserve your cash.”