MERGE The streets of Bacolod City were empty again yesterday during lockdown Sunday*

COA clears city officials
of sanitary landfill case

The Commission on Audit lifted the Notice of Disallowance issued against 14 Bacolod City officials, including Mayor Evelio Leonardia, on the alleged illegal purchase by the city government of a 7-hectare property in Barangay Felisa for its solid waste disposal facility.

The eight-page COA ruling, signed by chairperson Michael Aguinaldo and commissioners Jose Fabia and Roland Pondoc, on January 29, 2020 affirmed the earlier decision of COA Region 6 on September 27, 2019 to lift the disallowance.

The city bought the property owned by the Dynasty Agricultural Corporation in 2008 at P340 per square meter or for a total price of P23.8 million, which the local COA auditor initially declared to be excessive based on the report of its regional Technical and Information Technology Services Office that appraised it for an average of only P261.77 per square meter, or for a total price of P18,323,719.05, after the city consummated the sale. moremoremore

Guv, key staff test
negative for Covid

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and key members of his staff tested negative for COVID-19 last night, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

But four others, including a body guard and server, tested positive, he added.

The governor and his staff went on self-isolation starting Friday after a utility worker at his office tested positive for COVID-19. moremoremore


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Bacolod sets restrictions
on entry of out-of-towners

The city government of Bacolod has set minimal restrictions for out-of-towners who want to enter the city.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued Executive Order 58-B on September 4 for clearer regulations on the transport of essential goods, and essential or non-leisure travel of out-of-towners into Bacolod City during the general community quarantine period until Sept. 30.

In the order, the mayor said that transport of essential goods, prime commodities, any type of cargo in bulk, and construction materials for public or private building projects should not be hampered.