MERGE EMPTY. This stretch of Bacolod City was almost empty of vehicles yesterday, the third Sunday of the implementation of the border control checkup points* (PIO photo)

HQPs extended until Sept. 30

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia Saturday issued an executive order extending the use of Home Quarantine Passes (HQPs) and the conduct of check-up points in Bacolod City until Sept. 30 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Bacolod City remains under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Leonardia, in Executive Order No. 58-C series of 2020, said the extension was being enforced to regulate movement of people within Bacolod and the entry and exit of out-of-towners into the city as a means of stemming the spread of Covid-19. moremoremore

Patients’ watchers
barred from CLMMRH

The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City is strictly implementing its “no watchers” policy to minimize the spread of coronavirus, its medical center chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, said yesterday.

He said they started to implement the policy two weeks ago because the local transmission is “very strong” and 85 percent of the hospital staff contracted the virus from the community, adding that the rate is too high.

With the new policy, families and relatives of the patients, especially those from out of town, have camped outside the hospital premises. moremoremore


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Bacolod SP ok’s tax relief on RPT

An ordinance granting relief to delinquent real property taxpayers in the City of Bacolod, through the condonation of penalties, interest and surcharges being imposed and providing mechanisms for its proper implementation, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on final reading recently.

The ordinance cited the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and that the city expects some degree of shortfall in its tax collection, which may be compensated by encouraging taxpayers to pay their real property taxes (RPT) without the additional burden of penalties and surcharges.

Republic Act 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, mandates, among others, local government units to craft measures to mitigate the contagion of Covid-19, mobilize assistance to persons affected by the disease, and undertake programs for recovery and rehabilitation through the provision of social amelioration and safety nets to all affected sectors, the ordinance said.