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NegOcc to ban nonessential travel: guv

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Crew members of any vessel delivering essential goods through the Cadiz City port are barred from disembarking as part of the precautionary measures of the city government against the spread of Covid, Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. said* GPB photo

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that he and the mayors of Negros Occidental have agreed to prohibit nonessential travel from Negros Oriental to Occidental, for two weeks.

“We are not allowing nonessential travel. But for Iloilo, Panay and Negros Occidental, we will keep it open,” Lacson, who will issue an executive order next week, said.

Lacson, who presided over a zoom meeting with Negros Occidental local chief executives yesterday, made the declaration, in response to recommendations of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Western Visayas to close the borders or ports of entry in Negros Occidental to non-essential travel for two weeks.

Non-essential establishments, however, will continue to open in the same period, with 30 percent of the venue capacity allowed, he added.

The Department of Health-Western Visayas reported that Negros Occidental has an additional 60 active cases, bringing to 2,096 the total active cases, as of June 11.

Bacolod City, on the other hand, has 1,704 Covid-19 active cases, with 166 new cases reported yesterday.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, said yesterday that Negros Oriental logged 1,837 active cases.

Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. said that Lacson is also leaving it to the discretion of mayors if they will restore border checkpoints in their areas, and in implementing minimum health protocols.

“We cannot prevent people from entering our jurisdiction, but we should monitor their movements,” Escalante said.

“In the case of Cadiz City, we cannot control the entry, especially of big fishing boats. But we will strictly implement the wearing of face masks of those who are not from the city but have transactions here,” he added.

Escalante, who participated in the zoom meeting, said Lacson also stressed the need to be “very strict” in the implementation of border control, with LGUs to provide personnel manning the checkpoints, and Capitol will only augment manpower if there is a need.

While delivery of essential goods through Cadiz port remains unhampered, Escalante said that crew members of any vessel are not being allowed to disembark, adding that they are assigning people to purchase their needs.

“For those coming from Manila or outside Western Visayas, we will require them to show SPass and StaySafe as well as negative RT-PCR test results,” he added.

MAYOR TESTS POSITIVE

Negros Occidental mayors also agreed to close all beaches and mountain resorts on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, from June 24 to 26, Escalante said. San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo, meanwhile, confirmed that he is now in isolation, after he tested positive for Covid-19.*

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