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Alert Levels: 1 for Bacolod City, NegOcc at 2

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Inclement weather rolling in at Lakawon Island in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. Tourism is picking up in the province which is currently under Alert Level 2.* Dennis John Reyes/CCN photo

Bacolod City and the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Guimaras have been placed under Alert Level 1 by the Inter-Agency Task Force beginning March 1 until March 15.

The de-escalation of Bacolod’s status and 38 other areas, including the National Capital Region, was confirmed by acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles yesterday.

Elated by the development, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it is a validation that the city government is on the right track in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being placed in the lowest alert category is a validation that, indeed, our policies and practices were hitting the targets, Leonardia said.

The mayor added: “We wish to credit our people for their support and cooperation in observing health protocols. We are proving to all that when we all unite for a common purpose, we can achieve much more.”

Nograles, also the concurrent Cabinet secretary, said the NCR and 38 other areas have been approved by the IATF to be placed under Alert Level 1 beginning March 1.

The rest of Western Visayas will remain under Alert Level 2, Nograles continued.

LACSON PREFERS ALERT LEVEL 2

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier said that he prefers Negros Occidental to be placed under Alert Level 2, stressing that he always likes to remain cautious, especially during a campaign (period).

Starting March 1, there will be three flights per day for Manila-Bacolod- Manila for Philippine Air Lines and Cebu Pacific, and four flights for Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu per week for Cebu Pacific and three flights weekly for PAL, which was already approved in principle by Gov. Lacson, Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz said.

Air Asia wants to remain at two flights per day, Diaz said.

Under Alert Level 1, intrazonal and interzonal travel will be allowed regardless of age and comorbidities.

All establishments, persons, or activities are permitted to operate, work, or be done at full on-site capacity, provided that health standards are observed.

In person or “face-to-face” classes for basic education will be subject to the approval of the Office of the President.

NEW NORMAL

DOH considers Alert Level 1 as the “new normal.”

Under Alert Level 2, intrazonal and interzonal movement will be allowed, subject to reasonable restrictions that the local government units may impose.

Select establishments or activities are permitted to operate at a maximum of 50 percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 70 percent outdoor capacity.

ALERT LEVELS

Other areas in Luzon placed under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022 are:

Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;

Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II; Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III;

Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A; Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.

In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15 are:

Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz and Guimaras in Region VI; Siquijor in Region VII; and Biliran in Region VIII.

In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15: Zamboanga City in Region IX; Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin in Region X; and Davao City in Region XI.

Meanwhile, the IATF placed the following areas under Alert Level 2 from March 1 until March 15: For Luzon– Cordillera Administrative Region: Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province;

Region II: Nueva Vizcaya; Region III: Nueva Ecija and Zambales; Region IV-A: Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon Province and Rizal; Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and Palawan; and Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

For the Visayas – Region VI: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province and Negros Occidental; Region VII: Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Negros Oriental; and

Region VIII: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City and Western Samar; and for Mindanao– Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay;

Region X: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental; Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental;

Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat;

Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City and Dinagat Islands; and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City and Lanao Del Sur, the OPS said.*

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