SEC office now open; accepts reports from corporations

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Bacolod Extension Office has announced that its office is open starting today to serve the public and accept submission of reports from Monday to Thursday.

SEC Information Officer Clyde Linaja-Padilla said that their office has jurisdiction over all corporations and partnerships in the whole of Negros Island which include Negros Oriental.

Padilla said on Friday, it will be a “work from home” arrangement to allow the staff to do their monitoring job, disinfection of the office, and prepare documents for the succeeding week of processing.

However, SEC clients are still highly encouraged to submit their reports by mail (either through private courier or government postal service) with pre-paid self-addressed return envelope.

A copy of the mailing official receipt shall be enclosed in the envelope as proof of mailing.

Designated boxes have been put up for those who will submit their reports to SEC Bacolod Office.

Documents will first be subject to disinfection before turning over to SEC’s receiving officers.

Padilla said clients may leave their documents and wait for the text/email/call when they shall be picked up or to wait for their copy depending on the number of reports that can be processed for the day.

Priority will be given to the elderly, persons with disability, pregnant women, and those from out of town.

Meanwhile, non-stock corporations’ submission of the printed notarized Mandatory Disclosure Form has been extended 15 days from the lifting of the Manila-issued Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Padilla said for COVID-19 measures and mutual protection of staff and the clients, social/physical distancing will be strictly observed which means the number of clients inside the office premises will be limited.

He added that a “no mask, no entry” policy, temperature check before entry, hand sanitation, and disinfection of the premises will be strictly implemented.

“As this is the new normal, clients are advised to be patient since the process of their requests, queries, and submissions will take longer than usual,” he said.

For submissions of reports online, email reports_bacolod@sec.gov.ph while queries may be sent to secbacolod2018@gmail.com or secbcdextension@gmail.com or through landline nos. 455-5713 and 455-5714.

Negrenses told to remain vigilant even under GCQ

By Roi Lomotan

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Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion appeals to the public to remain vigilant against COVID-19 infection despite the imposition of General Community Quarantine. (KAT/PIA7-NegOr)

Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Commander Dr. Liland Estacion Citizens told Negrenses not to let their guard down against threat of COVID-19 infection even though the province is now placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Estacion expressed concern over the majority of people who have stopped following the preventive measures against COVID-19 since the start of GCQ implementation on May 1.

“Medyo mura tag nakulbaan because katong mga butang na dapat nato buhaton medyo wala na natuman. Katong physical distancing, nanggawas na tanan tawo, wala nay uban nag-wear ug mask, nag-fiesta na sa dagat. Gasuroy-suroy na gyud ang mga tawo (We are concerned because people are not following the prescribed safety measures. People are going out of their homes. They are not practicing physical distancing. Some are not wearing face masks. Others are partying on the beach),” Estacion said.

She pointed out concerns from some people over the “second wave” of COVID-19 infection which could take place if the public will continue ignoring safety protocols against COVID-19.

“Gusto ta mosulti sa katawhan nga dili kita mosalig. We should be vigilant. Wala ta kabalo unsa gyud mode aning atoang virus karon. Unta magpadayon ta sa atong pagka-vigilant ug magpadayon ta ug practice ug unsa atong dapat buhaton (We would like to tell the public that they should not be complacent. We should be vigilant. We do not know the true mode of this virus. Let’s continue to be vigilant and continuously practice pre-cautionary measures),” Estacion appealed to the public.

The assistant provincial health officer also emphasized that Negros Oriental is not yet COVID-free.

Ang Negros Oriental dili gyud ta covid-free kay wala man ta nag-mass testing (We are not yet covid-free because we have not yet conducted mass testing),” Dr. Estacion said.

Due to the insufficient supply of testing kits, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) for the meantime prioritizes persons who are identified to be under category 1, 2, and 3 of influenza-like illnesses to take COVID-19 swab tests.

Just recently, the IPHO started doing random swab tests to health workers, jail personnel, persons inside the city and provincial jail facilities, and even to the returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to make sure they are not infected by the virus.

Swab samples have been sent to Cebu for confirmatory tests at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

So far, the test results from VSMMC are negative.

However, Estacion underscored that this should not be a reason for people to lower their guard against COVID-19.

“Naa pa man tay pending na dili kita kabalo sa results. Dili ta mo-declare na covid-free ta. Even though negative tanan ang niabot nato, di ta mokumpiyansa kay naa pa man ta daghan pending result na wala pa ma-release (We still have samples there and we do not know what will be the result of the tests. That’s why we won’t declare the province as COVID-free. Even though the results we received so far are negative, we shouldn’t let our guard down because there are still a lot of samples with pending results),” Estacion said.

Estacion noted there are 287 swab samples pending for results at VSMMC.

Dgte restricts movement of consumers under GCQ

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo urged both residents and non-residents to comply with restrictions on movement and transportation to maintain the early gains in the fight against COVID-19 while the city remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Following the imposition of the “Easy Access Pass” for both residents and non-residents, major streets in Dumaguete City are less congested.

Residents from the 3rd district local government units (LGUs) were granted access to the establishments along with the residents of Dumaguete City to do their shopping and other transactions yesterday.

Non-residents are required to present their Quarantine Pass issued by their respective LGUs with the following schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for those from 1st and 2nd Districts
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for those from the 3rd District

City residents with Red Passes are allowed to enter the establishments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while Purple Passes are scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Non-residents are not allowed on Sundays, which is reserved for residents only.

Health workers and emergency cases are exempted from the requirement of passes.

Enforcers are also instructed to strictly impose the use of face masks, social/physical distancing, and frequent disinfection.