Kabankalan City has 137 COVID cases from October 1-12 alone. Photo from City Government of Kabankalan's Facebook page
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NCR posts lowest COVID case count since July, with 580 of 1,190 cases coming from Mega Manila

NCR is seeing a significant decline in the number of positive cases
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 13 2020

Disclosure: All data provided are from the Department of Health’s various information sites including their data drop. Where appropriate, other graphs, illustrations, tables and data are appropriately referenced.

October 13, 2020 (updated)

Let’s start off with some good news. NCR is seeing a significant decline in the number of positive cases. Less than 30 percent of the newly announced cases for the day came from Mega Manila. This can only mean that the major contributors have now shifted to the regions. 

In Luzon, it is the CALABARZON region that has continued to see an increase in cases. In the Visayas, it is Western Visayas, particularly Iloilo and Negros Occidental, that is hardest hit. In Mindanao, it’s a toss up between Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula on alternate days of the week. Most deaths reported today came from Region VI and CALABARZON.

As we reopen the economy, let’s stay the course. We need to keep the numbers down and sustain the gains. Any rebound in numbers in the NCR is disastrous to the economy, as we enter the holiday season.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • All five provinces in the CALABARZON region remained in the top ten.
  • All provinces in the top ten reported triple digits with Zamboanga del Sur in tenth place with 108 new cases.
  • Ten of the cities in NCR were in the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Cities outside of the NCR that dominated the top twenty list were:
    • Luzon: Calamba (Laguna), Antipolo (Rizal), Lucena City (Quezon), Bacoor City (Cavite), and Taytay (Rizal)
    • Visayas: Iloilo City (Iloilo), Bacolod City and City of Kabankalan (Negros Occidental)
    • Mindanao: Davao City (Davao del Sur) and Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur)


The world has officially passed the 38,000,000 mark. And the United States has officially crossed the 8,000,000 number of cases for coronavirus.


  • Global case fatality rate: 2.85 percent
  • The global 7-day average of cases is around 330,000 cases/day (or approximately 1,000,000 cases almost every 3 days).
  • India continued to lead in both cases and deaths in the world. Because it was a weekend, the numbers are always lower. We will see higher number of cases tomorrow.
  • Brazil is seeing lower cases the past days.
  • The UK was third in most number of cases reported yesterday.

Feature story

Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

We’re all more familiar with Bacolod City.

But did you know that Kabankalan City in the province of Negros Occidental is a first class component city in the province? With a population of close to 200,000 (as of the 2015 census), it is the second most populous city (next to Bacolod) in this province.

While it may have a smaller population, in terms of land area it is the largest city in the province of Negros Occidental with a total area of close to 700 sq km (larger than the National Capital Region) giving it a density of 420 people/sq km.

There are three major festivities that are hosted by this city – the Kabankalan Sinulog (celebrated together with Cebu City), Udyakan sa Kabankalan and the Charter Anniversary.

The main campus of the Central Philippines State University is located in Kabankalan.

Incidentally, the city is the only place where the Karol-an language is used. Due to its geographical area of usage, the Karol-an language is classified vulnerable, making its conservation a priority.

This city recorded its first coronavirus case on July 6, 2020 (swabbed June 27).

For the month of July, there were only 12 reported cases. August saw a rise with 47 cases added, followed by 76 cases in September.

From October 1-12 alone, Kabankalan has 137 cases – almost doubling the cases last September. With a total of 272 cases to date, it has no reported deaths due to the virus. Yet.