Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has ordered the imposition of a provincewide curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Negros Occidental and the mandatory registration of all individuals in the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) Travel Management System.
The orders came after an emergency meeting of the governor with the mayors of Negros Occidental at the Capitol in Bacolod City, Friday, April 9, to curb the rising COVID-19 cases in the province.
In Executive Order 21-22 Series of 2021 Lacson said all the local chief executives agreed to the 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew to limit mass gatherings and curb the unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases.
The provincewide curfew will start at 12 a.m. Monday, April 12.
Exempted from the curfew are persons in need of emergency services, personnel in cargo vehicles, and Authorized Persons Outside Residence with valid work schedules, Lacson said.
The curfew will be enforced until the current COVID-19 surge is contained and all the local chief executives recommend its lifting, he said.
Lacson in EO 21-23, Series of 2021 ordered the mandatory registration of all travelers, individuals and establishments in Negros Occidental to the StaySafe.ph application to enable contact tracing to control the spread of COVID-19.
All individuals should a carry a printed or electronic copy of their S-PASS at all times and present them when required by authorized persons, Lacson said.
The S-PASS QR codes will be used as their personal identification when passing border checkpoints and entering establishments within Negros Occidental, he said.
Establishments will be required to register with the StaySafe.ph application and secure QR Code scanners to scan the QR codes of persons entering their facilities for contact tracing purposes, Lacson said.
Provincial consultant Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said the S-PaSS will also help authorities catch persons tested positive for COVID-19 or on contact tracing lists attempting to escape quarantine.*