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This Week in Bacolod (July 19 to 25, 2020)

Bacolod's airport is limited to only 150 passengers a day.

By: Shanice Reyes | July 19, 2020
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Bacolod, Negros Occidental, quarantine, COVID-19, Quarantine Updates, Travel News, Health Updates

Coronavirus cases in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, are rising while the city remains under modified general community quarantine. As the COVID-19 cases spike in the province, the biosafety laboratory in Bacolod City opened its doors to the public after its official inauguration last July 11. Meanwhile, as the entry of returning residents in the province resumes, the local government of Bacolod requests the national task force to limit the number of repatriated individuals per week. The provincial government also set a limit for airline passengers arriving in the province. To get the details of all these Negros Occidental and Bacolod City updates, continue reading.

Quarantine Updates: Bacolod requests NIATF to control the arrival of LSIs

The chairman of Bacolod City’s quarantine center action team, Councilor Renecito Novero, said that the city government appealed to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) to help them control the arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) once air and sea travel resumes. The appeal to the NIATF also proposed that the city only receive a maximum of 600 returning residents every week to avoid inconvenience during the 14-day quarantine period. The councilor also pointed out that communication is very important and the NIATF should inform the city government two days before the LSIs’ trips.

Novero also added that the city has enough quarantine centers to house LSIs and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as of the moment. The Department of Education gave approval for usage of additional school facilities in the city for LSI’s accommodation. The additional quarantine centers are Sum-ag National Highschool, Luisa Medel National High School, Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School, and Luis Hervias National High School [1].

Travel News: Provincial government sets passenger limit

To prevent overcrowding in quarantine facilities, the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental limited the Bacolod-Silay Airport to only 150 airline passengers per day. Commercial flight schedules for three airlines are expected to operate with the following schedule: Philippine Airlines, Monday to Friday; Cebu Pacific, Tuesday to Thursday; and AirAsia, Saturdays [2].

Remittances, Bills, and Payment News: Water billings to be adjusted by Baciwa

In a public hearing held by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., the management of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) guaranteed its concessionaires that water billings of consumers will be adjusted. The period for the adjustment will be from April to June 2020, according to the Baciwa management. The councilor said that a computer glitch caused the hefty increase in water consumption reading, and the compensation for the water district’s overcharging will reflect in the next monthly billings [3].

Health Updates: Biolab in Bacolod City opens

To curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city, the Molecular Biosafety Laboratory Level 3 facility was officially inaugurated last July 11. The laboratory is a collaborative effort between the Bacolod City Government and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), and it can conduct 100 COVID-19 tests per day. The CLMMRH-Bacolod City Biolab is the first outside Metro Manila and one of the Level 3 laboratories in the Philippines [4].

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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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