After getting flak on social media for a proposal to let bar takers who tested positive of COVID-19 on their antigen test to proceed with the bar exam, the Bacolod City government retracted such proposal.
In a clarification, the Bacolod City Public Information Office said the local government of Bacolod City and the Supreme Court have not adopted a policy which allows COVID-19 positive bar examinees to take the 2020/2021 Bar Examinations on February 4-6 at the University of Saint La Salle. In a previous post the PIO said that it was agreed that bar examinees who will be tested positive on the rapid test will still be allowed to proceed in taking the bar exam provided they will be placed in a separate room with separate entrance and exit. The previous media release was already deleted on its page.
The PIO said that under the current guidelines of Bacolod City, as supported by the Supreme Court, bar examinees are required to present negative COVID result to be allowed to enter the testing site and to take the exams.
With the rise of cases in Bacolod the officers and members of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists Inc. (PAMET)-Negros Occidental Chapter issued an urgent appeal Tuesday, January 24, for everyone to be part of the solution in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The group noted the seemingly rampant disregard of many Negrenses and Bacolodnons in obeying the basic health protocols.
It appealed to public officials to implement stronger restrictions and stricter implementations of even just the basic health protocols and guidelines set by the Department of Health and their Inter-Agency Task Force/ Emergency Operations Center agencies.