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This Week in Bacolod (March 8 to 14, 2020)

This week's Bacolod roundup includes a cancelled shopping festival and a new tricycle task force.

By: Shanice Reyes | March 08, 2020
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It would be easier to implement precautionary measures against the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) thanks to this week's weather, as some rain during the week could hinder people to go out. In relation to measures against the spread of the virus, the city imposed a ban on the entry of trade vessels from China. A nationwide shopping festival was also postponed. For traffic safety, Mayor Leonardia issued an executive order to create a tricycle task force in the city. Lastly, the Provincial Board's approval to cut 300 eucalyptus trees in Panaad Park Stadium is still on stand-by. Read on to know more about the details of the latest news in Bacolod.

Weather Advisory: Cloudy days with a small chance of rain

This week’s weather will be suitable for indoor activities since the clouds will cover the skies on most days. Expect thunderstorms during the early days of the week, so bring an umbrella and a coat if you have some errands and appointments. And at the end of the week the sun will shine, bringing the temperature up to 31 °C [1].

Traffic News: Bacolod Mayor issued Executive Order creating a tricycle task force

Last February 24, 2020, Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed Executive Order (EO) 10, creating the Bacolod City Tricycle Task Force. This is for the safety of tricycles, which are not allowed to operate on national highways used by four-wheeled vehicles where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour.

The regulation covers motorized tricycles with a single wheel sidecar or a two-wheeled cab, closed van, or open cart whether powered by electricity or gasoline. The assigned personnel in the said task force will conduct meetings, hearings with stakeholders, and strict inspections of the area of tricycle operations. Lastly, the task force will update the tricycle route plan within 30 days after the executive order was signed [2].

Travel Update: Bacolod Mayor issued EO to ban vessels from China

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia also issued an EO imposing the ban of entry of vessels from China, Hong Kong, and Macau into any ports of the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Philippine Coast Guard and the Bacolod City Police Office have expressed their support for the mayor's EO [3]. The mayor also added that as long as there is a COVID-19 scare, the EO will remain in effect.

Meanwhile, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson waits for the feedback of his legal team regarding the ban of vessels from China [4]. According to Governor Lacson, the national government emphasized that trade should not be delayed amidst the COVID-19 since ships are the primary transports for trade in the province.

Tourism News: Cutting of 300 eucalyptus trees still pending

The city waits for the approval of the Provincial Board to cut about 300 eucalyptus trees at the Panaad Park Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City [5]. The Provincial Board will need to pass a resolution of no objection to the proposal, as stated by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz. He also stated that contractors can still submit their offers to the capitol. Currently, there are two contractors who are offering to cut the trees for free and will only get a certain percentage from the lumber and wood chips.

Diaz emphasized that eucalyptus trees are not healthy for the environment, and they do not serve their purpose as a source of electrical poles since their lumber is not sturdy and straight. The capitol intends to cut the trees before the Panaad Festival in April. Meanwhile, the Talarak Foundation offered to replace the trees with tree species that are endemic to the province.

Passed Laws and Ordinance: Nationwide March shopping festival postponed

The Department of Tourism postponed the month-long Philippine Shopping Festival that was supposed to run from March 1 to 31 due to the COVID-19 scare. The Philippine Shopping Festival wanted to promote the country as a destination where shopping can be fun, unique, and affordable. It would have been the first nationwide shopping expo including the malls in Bacolod.

The DOT added that mall establishments cooperated to postpone the nationwide sale for the safety of their customers. Day-to-day operations by shopping malls are still encouraged, and they are recommended to follow precautionary measures against the spreading disease[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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