LGUs to decide on the ban of foreign vessels
Governor Jose Eugenio Lacson will leave the decision to the local government units on whether to ban the entry of international vessels at Negros Occidental ports. He also added that the protocol from the Department of Health should be followed upon the arrival of ships and in dealing with the passengers on board .
Meanwhile, Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City has issued a new executive order modifying Executive Order No. 11 that banned the entry of international vessels. The new order, Executive Order No. 12, states that any vessel arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau can enter the ports in the city provided that the strict directives from the Department of Health (DOH) are followed. This new order was made to follow the orders from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which reviewed EO No. 11 and determined that it is not in accordance with the DOH circular .
Sipalay’s major events will not push through
Because of the continuing threat of COVID-19, Sipalay City’s 19th Charter Anniversary major events are canceled . Gina Montilla-Lizares, mayor of Sipalay City, issued an executive order stating the cancellation of four major events during the festival on March 26 to 31. The celebration will still continue, but only small events and gatherings will be held this year.
The opening ceremony, all sports events, the 10th Barongoy Fishtival, and the “Banda Diri, Banda Didto” drum and lyre competition are suspended to ensure the safety of Sipalaynons and guests. Meanwhile, the 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festival has been moved to April since it is an award-winning festival and one of the biggest in Western Visayas.
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