Bacolod Gov’t Center, NegOcc capitol reopen


The Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) and the provincial capitol reopened yesterday after being placed under lockdown last week after several government employees were tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

However, two BCGC offices, the Public Affairs and Assistance Division and Room 1 of the City Health Office, will be temporarily closed until August 23.

The Human Resource Management Services Office will also be closed until August 24. (

In a Facebook post, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said it is now safe for capitol employees to return to work.

“During our lockdown, we accomplished identifying seven more of our co-workers who are Covid-19 positive and arrested the spread of the virus in our workplace,” according to Lacson.

“This makes a total of 22 confirmed cases among provincial government employees. We also succeeded in isolating them and giving them the proper care and treatment in our health facilities,” he added.

Lacson noted that eight of the 22 confirmed cases have fully recovered and returned home after complying with the 14-day quarantine and testing negative on their second swab.

The initial close contacts of about 142 employees have also tested negative for the virus and are also feeling well.

According to the governor, offices that were compromised by visits of confirmed cases have been decontaminated while the employees stayed at home and monitored their own and their co-employees’ health conditions.

On one hand, the BCCG was placed under lockdown last week after a second government employee at the Land Tax Division succumbed to the virus.

A total of six employees contracted the virus, two died while four are asymptomatic.