BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Twenty-one barangays of Bacolod have no new Covid cases in the last two weeks, the Emergency Operations Center reported yesterday.
These are barangays 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37 38, 40, 41 and Punta Taytay.
EOC Executive Director Em Ang also announced the partnership of SM City Bacolod and the city government for the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive.
Ang said that through this partnership, the SM cinemas will be utilized as venues for mass vaccination activities, providing the city residents with convenient and accessible places for inoculations.
The city government, represented by the vaccination operations committee, led by City Health Officer Dr. Edwin Miraflor and EOC deputy for medical and data analysis, Dr. Chris Sorongon, among others, met with SM mall manager George Jardiolin and assistant manager Julia Estrella-Javellana in a virtual meeting last week.
Meanwhile, the members of the Bacolod City Task Force Market Disiplina have already been deployed to the three major public markets in the city to ensure the strict implementation of minimum health protocols to curb Covid infection.
Executive assistant Ernesto Pineda, who is also the cluster head on markets, said they also tapped the casual employees assigned at the Burgos Public Market, Central Public Market, and Libertad Public Market to monitor those not observing social distancing, and not wearing face masks and face shields.
The TF Market Disiplina is composed of the BCPO, the Socio-Economic Enterprise Units in the three major markets, the City Legal Office-Enforcement Team, market supervisors, and the Community Information Service Support Group. Pineda said the market goers should use the entrance and exit of the markets so that their BaCTrac cards can be inspected.
Last week, Pineda along with the BCPO officials, held a meeting with the market vendors for the strict enforcement of minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We want to control and contain the surge of Covid-19 cases in market places as well as in their adjacent areas,” Pineda said. He said all satellite markets will also be monitored by the barangay officials and the police personnel detailed at the barangay police stations.*