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This Week in Bacolod (May 31 to June 6, 2020)

There is now a PCR-based lab in Bacolod!

By: Shanice Reyes | May 31, 2020
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Bacolod, new normal, Quarantine Updates, Travel News, Health News, Global News, COVID-19

Bacolod City is currently adopting ‘new normal’ measures implemented by the city government. As part of this, jeepneys now have plastic covers to maintain distancing among passengers, malls repeat health reminders in announcements, and everyone has to wear face masks in public places. Rules such as curfews and observance of strict home quarantine for the vulnerable still remain in the city. Meanwhile, the city and provincial governments are working together to bring home and accommodate stranded Negrenses in Metro Manila. For some good news, a hospital in Bacolod has set up a PCR-based laboratory in the city—the first of its kind outside of Manila. For more details about the latest COVID-19 news in Negros, read on.

Quarantine Updates: Bacolod pushes ordinance on non-social period

An ordinance setting a curfew in all public places or a “non-social period” in Bacolod City had its first reading approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (Bacolod City Council). The ordinance is part of the preventive measures against COVID-19. Under it, everyone is required to observe the 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM non-social period in all public places every day. This also applies to all private vehicles roaming around public roads. Anyone found violating the ordinance will be penalized with a fine of PhP500 or eight hours of community service in their respective barangays. Meanwhile, if the violator is not from the city, he will be penalized with a fine of PhP1,000 [1].

Travel News: Stranded OFWs and Negrenses returned to Bacolod City

228 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded in Metro Manila arrived in Bacolod City last Monday, May 25, 2020 at Bredco Port. The returnees will face a 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated patient care centers before returning to their towns and homes. Meanwhile, 76 locally-stranded Negrenses have also returned aboard a Cebu Pacific sweeper flight from Manila last Sunday, May 24, 2020. The quarantine facilities in Negros are in E.B. Magalona, Cadiz City, and Mambukal Resort in Murcia [2].

Banking News: BDO branches to close on weekends

Banco de Oro (BDO) Unibank Inc. announced through its official Facebook page that all its branches nationwide will be closed during weekends [3]. In addition to ensuring the safety of its skeletal force, the bank also decided to close on weekends to allot that time to disinfect its branches.

Remittances, Bills, and Payment: CENECO implements IATF guidelines

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (CENECO) informed its members that they will not accommodate in their office people 21 years old and below, 60 years old and above, pregnant women, and persons with health problems. This new rule is in accordance with Executive Order No. 112 series of 2020 and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 30 series of 2020. The order is for the safety of the vulnerable and prevention of the spread of coronavirus disease in Bacolod City [4].

Health News: Bacolod hospital launches the first PCR-based laboratory in Negros

The first PCR-based laboratory in Negros Island was set up in Doctor’s Hospital Inc. in Bacolod last Saturday, May 23, 2020. It is the first PCR-based testing facility outside Metro Manila [5].

Global News: Canada records fewer than 1,000 cases for the first time since March

Canada recorded less than 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the first time since March 2020. A combined 937 new tests from six provinces came back positive, resulting in a total of 86,636 cases as of May 26, 2020. Meanwhile, the country’s death toll stands at 6,639. Most of the positive cases came from Quebec and Ontario, which have 614 and 287 new cases, respectively [6].

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Bacolod.

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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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