NegOcc mulls Covid-19 lockdown


A lockdown or enhanced community quarantine is being considered in Negros Occidental to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

This was the consensus of the mayors in a meeting with Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday.

Under an enhanced community quarantine, strict quarantine for all households will be implemented; transportation will be suspended; provision for food and essential health services is regulated; and uniformed personnel will be deployed to enforce quarantine procedures. (

“Enhanced community quarantine is an option being placed on the table especially from the medical society in the province,” said Lacson.

The governor, meanwhile, assured the public that food supply will be available.

“There will be one person from each house who will be allowed to go out. We will make sure that cargoes will continue, medicines and other essentials will be available as well,” he added.

The sugar industry will also continue operations, according to him.

“Remember that if the sugar milling continues there is still employment for the people,” Lacson said. “As to the date, nothing is definite, there is no reason to panic.”