MERGE The 148 Bacolod and Negros Occidental residents who arrived at the Bacolod Silay Airport yesterday afternoon* (Richard Malihan photo)

Guv: No home quarantine
for OFWs, it’s dangerous


Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arriving in Negros Occidental will not be allowed home quarantine but will also not have to undergo the full 14-day quarantine period.

If the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests taken on their arrival yield negative results for COVID-19 they will be immediately sent home, he said at a press conference at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

However, those with positive results will be isolated, he said. moremoremore

307 arrive, stranded foreigners leave

A total of 156 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and three children arrived onboard an Air Asia flight at the Bacolod Silay Airport at 11:15 last night.

Of the 159, there were 55 Bacolod residents and 104 from Negros Occidental towns and cities, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division chief, said.

There were also 148 passengers, 134 of whom are Bacolod residents, who were stranded in Manila following the COVID-19 lockdown, who arrived on a chartered Philippine Airlines flight at the Bacolod Silay Airport yesterday afternoon, Councilor Cindy Rojas said. moremoremore


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DOT issues ‘new normal’ guidelines
for accommodation establishments

The Department of Tourism has issued "new normal" guidelines for accommodation establishments (AEs) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

The Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of AEs cover the areas of guest handling, reception and concierge, rooms and housekeeping, food and beverage service, kitchen sanitation and disinfection, public areas, hotel and transport service, engineering and maintenance service, business practices and management, and suppliers of goods and services.

In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured stakeholders this would "prove responsive" to the needed changes amid the health crisis.