MERGE Some of the 302 locally-stranded individuals and authorized persons outside residence (APORs) who arrived at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation port yesterday from Manila* (PCG-Negros Occidental photo)


‘Deploy 288 nurses to Bacolod’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has asked the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 to deploy more nurses to local hospitals as the city government continues to strengthen efforts to reduce local cases of the coronavirus.

City Administrator Em Ang, who was tasked by the mayor to formalize the request through a letter, said yesterday that Bacolod is requesting 288 more nurses.

Ang, who also sits as executive director of the Emergency Operations Center, said chances are high that the mayor’s request for augmentation of nursing personnel will be granted since Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano, the deputy implementer of the Covid-19 Inter-Agency Task Force-Visayas, had committed to endorse the request. moremoremore


IATF orders closure of
cemeteries Oct. 29-Nov. 4
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

All private and public cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the country will be closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the observance of the Undas season, Malacañang announced yesterday.

In a news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) ratified the decision in its Resolution No. 72.

Roque noted that the public could visit these places before or after the scheduled closure of the cemeteries with a maximum venue capacity of 30 percent. They will be allowed to enter from Sept. 17 to Oct. 28, and from Nov. 5 to Nov. 15. moremoremore

 

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Sagay first LGU to partner with PEZA
for economic zone co-development

The memorandum of understanding entered into by the city government of Sagay and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Wednesday to establish the expanded Northern Negros Agro-Industrial Export Processing Zone (NNAIEPZ), is the first-of-its-kind in the country between PEZA and a local government, a press release from the city said.

This was highlighted in the messages of PEZA director general Charito Plaza and Mayor Alfredo Marañon III during the virtual signing of the five-page MOU at the Sagay City Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, the press release said.

Officials of the second congressional district, led by Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Sagay City Vice Mayor Narwin Javelosa, mayors Salvador Escalante Jr. of Cadiz City and Manuel Escalante of Manapla town, and former Cadiz City mayor Patrick Escalante, a member of the CASAMA Development Alliance executive board, attended the ceremony to support the establishment of the NNAIEPZ that will be co-developed by PEZA and Sagay at the 1,600,000 square-meter (160 hectares) property owned by the LGU in Barangay Paraiso.