MERGE The overcrowded TLJPH obstetrics department*

Mayors want opening
of classes postponed

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday he hopes that the Department of Education will reconsider its decision to open classes on August 24 and postpone it to ensure the health of the children amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Leonardia said a survey among their member-mayors showed an overwhelming opposition to the opening of classes on August 24.

The mayors of Negros Occidental also said they unanimously support the call to postpone the opening of classes in a teleconference with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday. moremoremore

‘Bacoleños overcrowding
prov’l hospital’

The Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City is operating way beyond its capacity, which has been exacerbated by an influx of patients from Bacolod City, Dr. Maritel Riego Ledesma, TLJPH chief, said yesterday.

The increase has been triggered by Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital’s limiting its patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and referrals made by private well family midwife clinics and the Bacolod City Health Office to the TLJPH.

Ledesma said TLJPH is a 100-bed hospital but its patients have reached to up to 300 to 400, with about 30 percent coming from Bacolod City. moremoremore


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HRANO denies permanent closure
of 2 Bacolod hotels due to Covid

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO) denied reports that two hotels in Bacolod City will permanently shut down operations due to the coronavirus disease 2019.

Bobby Magalona, president of HRANO, said yesterday he verified a report circulating on social media that Sugarland Hotel and Planta Hotel and Residences are closing down, and added that it is not accurate.

He said at the onset of the pandemic, the hotels temporarily shut down operations since they could not accept guests.