MERGE There were long lines of vehicles at the Bacolod-Talisay border yesterday as police personnel and traffic officers inspected documents of commuters entering Bacolod City* (GPB photo)

Bacolod under MECQ

President Rodrigo Duterte last night approved the recommendation to place Bacolod City under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters Duterte approved a resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases recommending MECQ in Bacolod City from today until September 30.

COVID-19 Task Force chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., on live television, told the president that the IATF, in consultation with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, recommended the imposition of MECQ. moremoremore

7,000 in Bago locked down

Mayor Nicholas Yulo has locked down the entire Barangay Ma-ao and six puroks of Barangay Don Jorge L. Araneta in Bago City with a combined population of 7,010 that have experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases.

He declared the areas Critical Zones and placed them under Enhanced Community Quarantine imposing stringent limitations on the movement of residents.

The lockdown took effect 12:01 a.m. today and will end at 11:59 p.m. on September 22, the mayor said. moremoremore


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Suspend weekend operations,
Bacolod, NegOcc banks urged

Banks in Bacolod City and in Negros Occidental are urged to temporarily suspend weekend operations due to the rising coronavirus cases.

The Bankers’ Club of Negros Occidental Inc. passed a resolution on September 4 that encourages its member banks to temporarily suspend weekend banking operations to further limit the vulnerability and exposure of employees to the virus and its anonymous carriers.

Members are advised to implement the stopgap measure until the quarantine status of the province has been downgraded or until such time that the pandemic has been effectively managed, whichever the board deems both favorable and safe for member banks and their employees to resume weekend operations, the resolution said.