GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The entire coastal municipality of Glan in Sarangani province was placed under “partial community quarantine” for at least a month, effective Saturday, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In an executive order issued Friday, Glan Mayor Vivien Yap ordered the town quarantine in the wake of an ongoing investigation and monitoring for Covid-19 of two overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from Japan who had refused to undergo isolation.
A report from Glan’s Municipal Health Office (MHO) said the OFWs, who were reportedly Japanese descendants, arrived in Glan from Ibaraki-Ken, Japan last February 29.
Cagayan under state of calamity
TUGUEGARAO — Governor Manuel Mamba declared a state of calamity in Cagayan on Saturday as the provincial government hatched measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) here.
Presiding over the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council emergency meeting, Mamba ordered the temporary closure of the Cagayan Sports Complex, Cagayan Museum, Cagayan Provincial Learning Resource Center, and Callao Caves to prevent the spread of the disease.
“A lockdown has been proposed but it will be up to the higher authorities to approve it,” he said. “Most people here need to work for their daily subsistence so it is very hard to implement a lockdown.”
3 cases under PUI
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health in the region (DOH-13) convened on Friday the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for Emerging and Re-Emerging Disease (EREID) for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) here.
The move came following the confirmation of three cases of patients under investigation (PUIs) in Caraga and the continued rise of the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
The meeting, presided by DOH-13 director Jose Llacuna, was joined by the region’s governors, mayors, chiefs of hospitals and heads of government agencies.
“This is the third inter-agency task force meeting for Covid-19 in the region,” Llacuna said, as he briefed the members of the task force on the existing cases of PUIs and persons under m(PUMs) in the region.
DOH-13 has recorded three PUIs as of Thursday, two of them now admitted at the Adella Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur while the third is admitted for isolation at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City.
The ages of the patients, who are males and Filipinos, range from 24, 31, and 38.
NegOcc orders 14-day quarantine
BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government has required all travelers arriving from Metro Manila starting Saturday to undergo a 14-day home quarantine upon their arrival in the province.
These passengers will be considered as persons under monitoring (PUMs) as stated in Executive Order No. 20-13 issued by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Friday night, adopting unified protocols on the border and intra-province control for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In the order, Lacson said the home quarantine will be supervised by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in coordination with the component city or municipal health office where the PUM resides.
“We have to be responsible Negrenses. If we are not, it may be that your relative will get sick of Covid-19. That is precisely what we’re trying to avoid, that Covid-19 will come in here,” the governor said in an earlier interview.
Lacson issued the order establishing the unified protocols after a discussion with the PHO personnel and provincial officials during the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases meeting at the Capitol Social Hall.
“While this is voluntary, I hope (we will) all be responsible and make this small sacrifice. The net effect of this, if Covid-19 will come in, then we will have a bigger problem,” the governor added.
As of Friday, Negros Occidental has 64 PUMs from the initial 133, after 69 of them already completed the 14-day self-quarantine and cleared of possible infection.
Dumaguete mayor not keen on lockdown
DUMAGUETE CITY – Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is not keen on lockdown with only one case positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) here, with the patient being a resident of Tayasan, Negros Oriental.
The mayor expressed his opinion during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday at the city hall.
Remollo said instead of a lockdown, everybody should stay away from big crowds, especially inside rooms where there is a big concentration of people.
A Philippine style lockdown may be imposed but 100-percent enforcement is not possible for lack of personnel to strictly enforce the same, he said.
Hospitals in Dumaguete have also clarified there is no lockdown in their respective facilities and that they are merely instituting containment protocols even before the first positive case of Covid-19 in Negros Oriental was confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH).
PNP hunts socmed users in Eastern Visayas
PALO, Leyte – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into the identities of two social media users in Eastern Visayas for spreading false information or fake news on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
In a press briefing Friday, Maj. Romenito Mondoñedo, deputy chief of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit here, said these are from Catbalogan City in Samar and Tanauan town in Leyte.
“The fake news has been removed in social media. Right now, we are investigating the cases and collecting evidence with the help of the Department of Health (DOH),” Mondoñedo said.
The two may face imprisonment for six months to six years or a fine of PHP40,000 to PHP200,000 for violation of the Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, PNP said.
Meanwhile, the DOH urged the public to counter fake news by sharing the right information from reliable sources.
“Sometimes, the wrong information gets more shares in social media than the official advisories and updates,” said John Paul Roca, DOH Eastern Visayas information officer.
“We are reminding the public to get information about the Covid-19 only from the DOH official press release, website, social media accounts, and other reliable sources, to avoid misinformation that causes panic and fear,” he added.
As of Friday afternoon, the region is still free of the virus despite reports of local transmissions in other parts of the country. (IAmigo/sovereignph.com)