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This Week in Bacolod (December 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022)

After being suspended due to the typhoon, sea travel and vaccination operations are back.

By: Mira Maestrecampo | December 26, 2021
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After the typhoon, Odette, which incredibly hit the Visayas, particularly Negros Occidental, some vaccination centers have been temporarily closed, while sea travel has been postponed but has been resumed. However, the good news is still ahead since Bacolod City has been recently downgraded to Alert Level 1 from Alert Level 2, following the efficient efforts of the government and the health sector. A significant decline in the number of active cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City has made it safer for the public, in line with celebrating a hopeful Christmas.

To add to the Christmas cheer, the famous Christmas Village in Bacolod City has finally opened its doors to the public in time to celebrate and make memories with family in resilience this holiday season.

Travel Updates: Sea travel suspension lifted after the typhoon

Last week, sea travel in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City was canceled due to Typhoon Odette that took its landfall mainly in the Visayas area. The province was placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1. Later on, within the hours of landfall, Negros Occidental was placed under Signal No. 4. But sea travel has already been resumed, with vessels and trips already operational.

Quarantine Updates: Bacolod City alert level status downgraded

Bacolod City gladly accepts the Department of Health’s declaration of its downgraded alert level status from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia testifies that the recent alert level downgrade is because of the Bacolod City government’s efforts and effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayor also added that the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force has innovatively done its part in mitigating the situation in Bacolod City, thus the further regulation and containment of virus transmissions. Bacolod City is now classified as a minimal risk area.

Due credit was given to Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who spearheads Bacolod City’s Inter-Agency Task Force, EOC-Task Force, Bacolod City Health Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office. Also, with frontliners and medical volunteers, doctors, nurses, barangay captains, health workers, and business communities such as malls, food chains, and public and private schools. [1]

Leonardia also extended recognition to the residents of Bacolod City for their full cooperation with the city government in line with the vaccination drives, particularly during the national vaccination days where the city had done more than 73,000 jabs throughout the 5-day vaccination campaign. [2]

Vaccination rollout has been resumed after being postponed temporarily due to the recent typhoon Odette.

Vaccination Updates: Opposing the mandatory vaccination, nearly expired vaccines rejected

Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. expressed his opinion on mandatory vaccination, saying that such is unconstitutional and illegal. The councilor voiced opposition on the compulsory vaccination or vaccine discrimination regarded as a legislative measure or an initiative of any workplace establishment, saying that everyone should be respected regardless of their decision of getting their vaccination. [3]

Councilor Gamboa added that getting COVID-19vaccination may not prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome infection and asymptomatic transmission. [4] He also added that in the United States, the Center for Disease Control is pushing vaccinated people to wear masks even indoors since it is still found that even if vaccinated individuals are asymptomatic, they can still transmit the virus.

The Negros Occidental government refused to receive a batch of nearly expired COVID-19 vaccines. Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz said they refused to accept the vaccines with an expiry date this December. Diaz did not identify the brand. He added that the national government sent a new batch of vaccines with an expiry date of January 2022. According to Diaz, what is essential is that the vaccinees are assured that they are not injected with near-expiry vaccines.

DOH has also coordinated with vaccine manufacturers to extend their shelf life if possible for the vaccines.

Holiday Updates: Christmas Village in Bacolod City is back

The famous Christmas Village in Bacolod City is finally back to celebrate the yuletide season this year. Bacolodnons have loved this popular attraction in Lacson Street because of its colorful display plus the free admission.

The Christmas Village is put up every year. It has been a maintained tradition by businessman and philanthropist Jerry Sy in front of his residence, fronting the Stonehill Suites Hotel, which Sy also owns.

This Christmas Village has been dubbed recently as the Yoyoland Christmas Village. It features a giant Christmas tree, a carousel, ferris wheels, Disney-inspired castles, the nativity scene of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in a barn with the Three Kings, Santa Claus riding a sleigh, the artificial snowflakes. It has vibrant lights and decorations, giving Bacolodnons a lively and joyful vibe this holiday season.

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Bacolod and Negros!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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