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Capitol goes on lockdown as COVID hits bureaucracy, Press in Sugarlandia

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Capitol, the seat of the provincial government, locked down today as the COVID19 creeps closer to power centers and even the community Press.

THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental is the political and administrative center of the province. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO
THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental is the political and administrative center of the province. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO

“This is part of measures to keep the public safe,” lawyer Rayfrando Diaz told DNX.

Diaz, the provincial administrator, said Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson gave the shutdown order early morning today, 12 August 2020.

The entrance to the provincial council offices on the south wing of Capitol. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO
The entrance to the provincial council offices on the south wing of Capitol. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO
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Along with the shutdown, Diaz said decontamination measures will also be undertaken inside the Capitol after three of its employees were “compromised” or tested positive for COVID.

Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO
Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO

One is assigned to the provincial council, another with the Bids and Awards Committee and the third is an administrative staff of the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Sila City.

The eastern entrance of the Capitol facing the Capitol Lagoon and Park.
The eastern entrance of the Capitol facing the Capitol Lagoon and Park. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO

No other details were made available.

The Capitol lockdown came days after Mayor Evelio Leonardia also ordered a shutdown for disinfection of the Government Center until Sunday after an employee of the land tax division died, the second fatality from that unit in only a week.

Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO
Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO

The local press was not spared here as two broadcast journalists, a female personality from television and a male reporter from radio, also tested positive.

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Both are now quarantined.

A security guard stands outside the western entrance of Capitol along Gatuslao Street. Same photo credits
A security guard stands outside the western entrance of Capitol along Gatuslao Street. | Photo by Richard Malihao / Capitol PIO

Diaz said Capitol officials will also conduct a risk assessment following the series of COVID infections involving its employees.

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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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