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Bacolod sees more villages that have zero COVID-19 cases!

By: Shanice Reyes | November 15, 2020
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Bacolod, COVID-19, Quarantine Updates, Travel News, Health News, COVID-19 vaccine, Quarantine Centers

In a win against the novel coronavirus, Bacolod City has declared more COVID-19 -free villages in the city. Even though the city is now seeing fewer cases, the national government still vowed to prioritize Bacolod City once a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Meanwhile, in Southern Negros Occidental, Sipalay City reopens its tourism activities to non-resident tourists without requiring them to undergo tests before entry. Read on for the details.

Quarantine Updates: More COVID-19-free villages in Bacolod

In Bacolod City, 28 out of 61 barangays have been declared free of COVID-19 as of November 5. As coronavirus cases in the city decrease, isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients in Bacolod also become underutilized, according to the report made by Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) [1]. An equivalent of 85 percent bed capacity in isolation facilities is available, as reported by Councilor Renecito Novero, chair of the Quarantine Centers Action Team.

Travel News: Sipalay City won’t require tests for travelers

The City of Sipalay in the southern part of Negros Occidental no longer requires non-resident tourists to submit a rapid nasal antigen test (RNAT) before entering the city. Mayor Maria Gina Lizares of Sipalay City addressed the concerns of the Sipalay City Tourism Council together with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that the RNAT would hamper the arrival of travelers and delay the economic recovery of Sipalay City. Non-resident tourists are still required to register at least three days before arrival, submit a copy of any government-issued identification card, and confirm a booking from the resort or hotel [2].

Health News: Bacolod to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

The City of Smiles will be one of the top local government units (LGUs) to be prioritized once a vaccine against COVID-19 is available. According to Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vaccine Czar and Chief Implementer of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Carlito Galvez informed him that the national government plans to prioritize the city [3].

Bills, Remittances, and Payments: Ceneco extends due date for September bill

In an advisory made by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), the electricity provider has extended the grace period for the September electricity bill up to three months. CENECO also advised consumers, owners, and members to pay their bills on time, especially those who are exempted from the grace period. Lastly, they also assured their consumers that they will consistently abide by the advisories of the Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, and the National Electrification Administration [4].

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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