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This Week in Bacolod (February 23 to 29, 2020)

Bacolod authorities to crack down on distracted driving.

By: Shanice Reyes | February 23, 2020
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Bacolod, City of Smiles, traffic news, Panaad Festival

The sun will mostly shine in the City of Smiles, but light rain might fall on some days. In terms of traffic news, the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office will strictly enforce rules against the use of earphones while driving and crossing the street. Meanwhile, in preparation for the annual Panaad Festival, each local government unit will receive a budget of PhP200,000. Lastly, amid the American Swine Fever threat, Negros maintains the ban on the entry of live pigs and pork products. Read on for the details of these Bacolod travel updates.

Weather Advisory: Moderate weather with a little chance of rain

The week will experience fair weather with a little precipitation. If you want to have an early summer vacation, this week will be perfect for it since you won't feel the extreme heat from the sun. Throughout the week, there will be clouds to provide some shade. You can also pack umbrellas and raincoats since there is a chance of rain. The temperature in Bacolod will be around 30 °C to 32 °C [1].

Traffic News: BTAO enforces strict ordinance on distracted driving

The Bacolod Council has asked the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to strictly enforce an ordinance controlling the use of earphones for drivers and pedestrians [2]. Councilor Simplicia Distrito, who authored City Ordinance no. 592, series of 2012, ordered BTAO to take the necessary action in detaining violators since this is for everyone’s safety. She also said that using earphones while crossing the street or driving could lead to dangerous results.

Travel Update: 200K budget for each LGU in preparation for Panaad Festival

The Sanggunian Panlalawigan (Provincial Council) approved the financial assistance for 31 cities and municipalities that will participate at the annual Panaad Festival [5]. Each local government unit (LGU) will be given a budget of PhP200,000 for renovations of their pavilions in Panaad. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is confident of the LGU's participation this year since in the past some towns did not join because of the lack of budget and schedule conflicts. The governor also hopes that the Negros Island will remain COVID-19-free and encourages the public to stay vigilant.

Passed Laws and Ordinance: Ban on the entry of pork products remains

The ban in the province on the entry of pork products from Mindanao and Luzonremains at a time when there is still the threat of American Swine Fever (ASF). The province is guided by Administrative Order (AO) 22 of the Department of Agriculture which directs all government agencies and LGU to strictly follow and implement the ordinance.The provincial government will also visit the hog raisers to monitor the entry of live pigs and products [6].

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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