MERGE RESCUE. Sipalay City responders rescue 22 family members of two households living near the Sipalay River in the Mambaroto-Cabadiangan area after the river overflowed yesterday.* (Sipalay DRRMO photo)

City to suspend penalty
on BaCTrac registration

Bacolod Councilor Lady Gles Gonzales-Pallen will author a resolution suspending the implementation of penalties on establishments who will not yet be ready to register with the COVID-19 contact-tracing app by Monday, City Administrator Em Ang said during a virtual press conference yesterday.

Pallen had authored City Ordinance No. 941 implementing the BaCTrac system city-wide which requires all business establishments and government offices to implement the contact-tracing system by October 12.

The app was inspired by the South Cotabato Contact Tracing System (SC-CCTS) which has proven helpful in data gathering amid local transmission of the deadly virus. moremoremore

Market officials back
surveillance testing

The presidents of the major market associations, the Manokan Country and flower vendors in Bacolod City expressed their support to the October 10 surveillance testing to be conducted in the three public markets in the city.

The leaders of the market associations and vendors signed yesterday a manifest of acceptance and support to surveillance testing acknowledging that it will be for their own good, for their families and the market-goers in Bacolod.

In their manifest, the leaders of the Burgos, Central and Libertad Markets, Manokan Country and Bacolod City Flower Vendors Association, said they are extending their support and cooperation to the surveillance testing of the city government in its fight against the coronavirus disease. moremoremore


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Farmers, youth urged to avail
of interest-free loans from DA

Farmers, youth, and overseas Filipino workers in Western Visayas are urged to avail of three loan credit programs of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council.

The DA Region 6 said, as of September, a total of P96.53 million in loans, under its Expanded Survival and Recovery Covid-19 loan program, were released to 3,534 small farmers and fisherfolk in Western Visayas. Each beneficiary availed of at least P25,000 in loan that is payable up to 10 years.

Of the amount released, P25 million went to farmers from Iloilo, P24.9 million to Aklan, P15 million to Negros Occidental, P11.8 million to Antique, P9.8 million to Capiz, and P1.8 million to Guimaras.