BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – This city of half a million people woke up to a brand new week under a general community quarantine in an effort by the city government to halt the spread of the COVID19 disease as Negros Occidental governor Eugenio Lacson shuts down tge province’s borders.
Both measures, done to prevent spread of the COVID-19, came within minutes of each other.
The mayor, in his Executive Order No. 21 series of 2020 dated 15 March, all land, sea, and air travel are restricted.
While movement of cargoes remain unhampered, people conveying the goods will still be subjected to the proper precautionary procedures.
The police and Coast guard will be manning borders while checkpoints will also be set up all over the city.
The implementing rules and regulations will be created soon by the city government in coordination with the inter-agency task force against COVID.
Over the whole province, meanwhile, Lacson in Executive Order 20-15 also banned all kinds of travel, with pertinent authorities manning the borders which have been declared closed.
An inter-agency COVID-19 Border Monitoring and Regulation Task Force was activated to implement the E.O. and will set up checkpoints along Mabinay-Kabankalan, Bayawan-Hinobaan, San Carlos-Vallehermoso, and La Castellana-Canlaon.
Under the E.O., no person outside of the province with or without symptoms will be allowed entry.
All returning residents are allowed entry with or without symptoms as soon as they provide a valid government-issued ID. They should subject themselves to proper precautionary measures including including undergoing a 14-day quarantine, getting an endorsement from barangay or LGU where they reside, and monitoring by Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams.
People with symptoms will be considered as a Person Under Investigation while his/her companion will be considered a Person Under Monitoring.
Health workers on emergency, members of the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, people working under urgent medical and humanitarian reasons, and those transporting essential supplies will be allowed entry.
Airports will be monitored by the Civil Aviation Authority while seaports will be under the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Ports Authority.
Sharing of unconfirmed information is strictly prohibited.
The E.O. will take effect until April 14, 2020.