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Leonardia: Economic crisis caused by COVID “the worst” so far, Bacolod economy put on halt

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The economic slowdown caused by the COVID pandemic is far worse than the effects of the 1997 Asian meltdown and the sugar industry crisis in the late 80s.

Interview with Mayor Evelio Leonardia

ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY: How has the COVID pandemic affected the city of Bacolod? We discuss this with its mayor, Evelio Leonardia.

Posted by DNX News on Wednesday, 24 June 2020

“During the earlier crisis, people still managed to work and businesses continued but the crisis caused by COVID has grounded businesses to a halt,” Leonardia told DNX in a phone interview.

Leonardia said the economy of this city of half a million people had been “growing at an unprecedented rate” before the pandemic struck.

After a series of quarantines, however, that started 30 March under an enhanced quarantine status, Leonardia said the economy had definitely been affected.

“Res ipsa loquitor,” Latin for “the thing speaks for itself,” Leonardia said when asked about his assessment of the local economy.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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