MERGE Strong winds, like mini tornadoes, toppled houses in Bago City, Tuesday and yesterday.* (Bago DRRMO photo)

Duterte: Neg. Occ., Bacolod
under MGCQ starting June 1

President Rodrigo Duterte last night confirmed that most of the Philippines, including Negros Occidental and Bacolod City that are classified as low-risk areas for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), will be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine, effective June 1.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said they are issuing new executive orders outlining the MGCQ rules for the province and city that are currently under General Community Quarantine.

“Considering that all persons will be allowed to go out of their home, we expect everyone to cooperate and practice minimum health standards,” Lacson said. moremoremore

WV officials oppose air, sea travel;
seek OFW repatriation coordination

Western Visayas officials are unanimously opposing the resumption of air and sea travel to the region from Manila and Cebu, which are high risk areas, starting June 1, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

They will air their united stand in a teleconference with Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, who will represent Secretary Eduardo Año, today, he said.

The governors of Western Visayas and Leonardia joined a teleconference yesterday organized by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas to consolidate their common concerns to be presented to Galvez and Densing. moremoremore


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Ceneco increases rates

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative has increased its rates this month.

In its advisory yesterday, the coop informed its consumers that it adjusted its residential rate by P0.5315 per kilowatt hour.

Its current rate now is P11.1923 per kWh from last month’s P10.6608 per kWh.

Ceneco general manager, Jose Taniongon, said the hike is attributed to the increase in generation, transmission, and system loss charges.