MERGE AID. Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the Department of Social Services and Development to distribute food assistance yesterday to residents of Bacolod barangays affected by floods due to the heavy rains Tuesday.*


Private schools suffer
big drop in enrollment
Modular learning top choice in Negros: DepEd
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Enrollment in private schools under the Negros Occidental Schools Division has dropped by more than one half, a Department of Education official said yesterday.

Enrollment in the private schools was at 41.78 percent compared to last year, while in public schools it was at 94.07 percent, Richard Martinez, planning officer of the division, said in a virtual press conference yesterday.

Schools Division Superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca said they are set for the implementation of distance learning modalities as classes in public schools and some private schools start on October 5 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. moremoremore


Bus terminal
operations back to normal
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

It’s back to normal operations for the Vallacar Transit Inc. north and south bus terminals in Bacolod City effective today, VTI media relations officer Jade Seballos announced yesterday.

This was after Bacolod City was placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from October 1 to 31, as stipulated in the executive order issued by Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Seballos, however, reminded the riding public to observe minimum health protocols, as the management will also continue to implement the 50 percent passenger capacity for each bus. moremoremore

 

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MBCCI exec upbeat on new
virus containment protocol
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The business community in Bacolod has expressed optimism after Inter-Agency Task Force-Visayas chief deputy implementer, Melquiades Feliciano, detailed his virus containment protocol for the city.

Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said that Feliciano met with them and the medical community on Tuesday, and updated them about the containment plan.

Feliciano had asked the business and medical communities to give him two weeks to work on the containment protocol.