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San Carlos to restore border checkpoints

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The city government of San Carlos in Negros Occidental will restore the checkpoints in its boundary with Vallehermoso and Canlaon City in Negros Oriental, starting Monday, Mayor Renato Gustilo announced yesterday.

Border controls between San Carlos City and Vallehermoso in northern Negros, and Mabinay in Negros Oriental and Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental have been relaxed following a huge drop in the number of active Covid cases.

Gustilo said that Vallehermoso residents will only be allowed to enter San Carlos if they have medical certificates showing they are not infected by Covid-19, while Canlaon City residents are required to present RT-PCR test results at the checkpoint.

As of yesterday, Gustilo said San Carlos City has six active cases, from its peak of 60 in the past several months.

Policemen, health personnel and barangay tanods will implement the border control in San Carlos, starting Monday, he added.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier said that starting March 1, Mabinay residents will be allowed to enter Kabankalan City in private vehicles, and may only stay for 12 hours.

If they go beyond 24 hours, Lacson said the Mabinay municipal government will quarantine its residents. Negros Occidental had 63 active cases, and Bacolod City, 70, as of Feb. 18.*

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