MERGE Task Force Disiplina enforcing COVID-19 health protocols, including the rule on minors having to stay home, in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, yesterday*

NTF ok’s air, sea travel
halt as 268 test positive

So far, 220 Bacolod residents and 48 from Negros Occidental who participated in the Timeout Weekend mass testing were found positive for COVID-19, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said last night.

During the Timeout Weekend, swab specimens were taken from 6,294 persons with 4,384 from Bacolod City, Talisay City – 725, Silay City - 431, Bago City – 318, and Murcia – 436 for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction tests for COVID-19.

Diaz said results from the first batch of specimens sent to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center laboratory in Cebu showed that, of the 1,159 from Bacolod City, 163 or 14 percent tested positive. moremoremore

HQPs, checkpoints start Sunday

The Home Quarantine Pass system and check up points in Bacolod City that were to start today, will instead begin on Sunday until September 19, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Leonardia, in Executive Order No. 58-A, Series of 2020, issued yesterday, said there is a clamor from the majority of the barangay captains in the city for the implementation of the HQP system to instead start on Sunday to allow them time to complete the distribution of the passes in their areas.

The deferment will also allow for a longer period of information dissemination to Bacolod residents and those residing outside the city, he said. moremoremore


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Animal rescue center
to rise in San Carlos

An animal rescue center will be established in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental to help livestock during disasters, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.

Decena joined Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and other officials in a site visit yesterday in Barangay Rizal in the city.

He said the facility, worth P4.79 million, will serve as temporary shelter for animals during disasters, such as typhoons, floods, and landslides.