In NegOcc: Mass testing on but lockdowns only on targeted areas


BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — The mass testing will be a go, but not the requested lockdown in four LGUs, according to Executive Order of Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson.

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Instead, lockdowns will be “localized and targeted”, according to the E.O. which will take effect 30 until 31 of August 2020.

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Charina Magallanes-Tan, spokesperson of Provincial Incident Management Team for COVID-19 confirmed to DNX that the NIATF has yet to give its nod for the request on lockdown.

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The E.O. adds that the lockdown will not cover national roads while LGUs will have the discretion to declare localized and targeted lockdowns within their areas.

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It can be recalled that the Regional IATF and the Regional Task Force on CoViD-19 approved what it called as the four-day no movement dates or the Timeout Weekend.

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The city mayor had earlier signed an E.O. on the no movement dates, covering Friday to Monday or 28 to 31 August 2020.

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Silay Mayor Mark Golez, in an FB post, declared that his city — which was identified as one of the targets for mass testing — will not go on lockdown.

First part of E.O. on mass testing. | Image from Negros Occidental Facebook page
Second page of governor’s E.O. | Image from Negros Occidental Facebook page

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