MERGE The BRP Gabriela Silang arrived at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port in Bacolod City yesterday to deliver personal protective equipment for Covid-19 frontliners.* (Philippine Coast Guard-Negros photo)


DILG: Tap police help
for OFW compliance
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday advised Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson to seek the assistance of the Philippine National Police, if necessary, to ensure the compliance of returning overseas Filipino workers with local health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Department of the Interior and Local Government will allow local governments to implement their own health protocols for returning OFWs and stranded residents, to protect the general community from COVID-19, Western Visayas governors and mayors were told in a teleconference with officials of the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“Sec. Año agrees that we can maintain our protocol with regards to these OFWs and even suggested that we use the PNP to force these OFW to cooperate,” Lacson said. moremoremore


Former frontliner Covid-19 positive
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

A Department of Education nurse, who briefly served as a border frontliner in Bacolod City, has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the City Health Office announced yesterday.

However, it is unlikely that she acquired the COVID -19 while she served as a border frontliner for only about four days in March as that was some time ago, City Health Officer, Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli, said yesterday.

Bacolod Covid-19 Case No. 14, a 36-year-old female from Taculing, Bacolod, underwent a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test on May 22, and the result was released May 29. moremoremore

 

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GAWA to evaluate employment
conditions under ‘new normal’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The General Alliance of Workers Associations will spearhead a "modified" small group meetings and teleconferences for allied labor groups after the implementation of the modified general community quarantine on June 1 in Negros Occidental, its secretary-general, Wennie Sancho, said yesterday.

He also said the labor group will evaluate the terms and conditions of employment under the "new normal", and its economic impact on the workers and their families.

He said labor is willing to cooperate with management to facilitate the recovery of the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic.