On March 25, President Rodrigo Duterte signedthe law declaring the existence of a national emergency. It also granted himadditional powers to address the COVID-19 crisis, which includes the provisionof emergency subsidy to “18 million low income households … a month for twomonths.” NOCPPO chief Colonel Romeo Baleros saidthis move will avert lawless elements from taking advantage of the situation. The cash subsidy under the Department ofSocial Welfare and Development is intended to low income families who arefinancially suffering due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson placed NegrosOccidental under ECQ from March 30 until April 14 in a bid to slow down thespread of coronavirus disease 2019. He recently signed an executive orderextending the ECQ until April 30./PN BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental PoliceProvincial Office (NOCPPO) is tightening its security in various banks in theprovince during the distribution of cash aid under the government’s socialamelioration program. Baleros assured that while police authoritiesengaged in the fight against the viral disease, law and order as well as safetyand security will not be set aside.