Gov Lacson places 4 NegOcc LGUs under ‘granular lockdown’


Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson placed four local government units (LGUs) in the province under “granular lockdown” as part of the four-day “timeout weekend.”

In his Executive Order No. 20-42 issued last August 27, Lacson, identified the four areas as Murcia town and the cities of Bago, Talisay, and Silay. The lockdown will begin today, August 30 until Sunday.

There will be no province-wide lockdown, he said. (

During the period, the provincial government will conduct mass testing of at least 5,000 individuals.

Lacson said that those who would test positive for coronavirus disease will be transported to quarantine facilities designated by both the provincial and city governments.

While he clarified that public transportation will continue with their normal operations, the governor discouraged outside residents from traveling.

The City of Bacolod also observed a timeout from August 28 to 29.

Earlier, former Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, now provincial government consultant, said the “timeout weekend” would give way to the mass testing of 10,000 symptomatic individuals for Covid-19 in the five LGUs.