Bacolod City wakes up to general community quarantine as mayor issues executive order and as governor shuts down Negros Occidental borders

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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.

DESERTED. This stretch of land along Lacson Street is practically deserted as very few motorists ventured out amid the COVID scare. | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

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.

Republic of the Philippines 
OFFICE OF THE CITY MAYOR
Bacolod City

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 21 
AN ORDER DECLARING A GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE IN THE CITY OF BACOLOD

WHEREAS, Section 15 of Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitute provides that the State shall protect and promote the right of the people and instil health consciousness among them;

WHEREAS, Section 16 of the Local Government Code states that every Local Government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or indicated for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare;

WHEREAS, the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on March 7, 2020 the first local transmission of Covid-19 in the Philippines;

WHEREAS, on March 8, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Proclanation No. 922, "Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines", as he considered the outbreak of Covid-19 an emergency that threatens national security;

WHEREAS, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020; 

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte uograded the Code Level Alert System for Covid-19 to Code Red Sublevel 2 and place Metro Manila under "community quarantine"; 

WHEREAS, the Department of Health has reported that the total number patients nationwide afflicted with COVID-19 has reached 140 with 11 recorded deaths as of March 15, 2020;

WHEREAS, the Memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, "Stringent Social Distancing Measures and Further Guidelines for the Management of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation", defines a "General Community Quarantine" as referring to a state where movement of people shall be limited to accesing basic necessities and work,and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points;

WHEREAS, the current public health emergency is covered by the Republic Act No. 11322 and other pertinent laws and issuances of the National Goverment (with its penal actions), that the City Government desires to implement its applicable provisions against any disruption and/or violation to the strict observance of the directives in this Executive Order;

WHEREAS, with the quick amd alarming increase in infections and deaths caused by Covid-19 all over the Philippines, it has become imperative for the City Government of Bacolod to place the City under General Community Quarantine;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EVELIO R. LEONARDIA, by virtue and power vested in me as the City Mayor of Bacolod do hereby declare that;

Section 1. A State of GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE is hereby declared and shall be implemented in the City of Bacolod effective immediately.

Section 2. During the General Community Quarantine, all land, sea and air travel to and from City of Bacolod shall be restricted.

Section 3. Movement of goods and cargoes to and from the City shall not be hampered or restricted. However, persons delivering such goods or cargoes shall be subject to the necessary health checking procedures by the duly designated authorities.

Section 4. The Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police-Bacolod Office are hereby ordered to secure the ports and all borders of the City respectively, and to set checkpoints at areas of entry into the City.

Section 5. The Government, in coordination with its Inter-Agency Task Force Against the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other government agencies, shall immediately come up with the implementing rules and regulations in relation to this Executive Order. 

Section 6. This General Community Quarantine and all its related rules and regulations shall be subject to review as the situation further develops. 

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately. 

Done in the City of Bacolod this 15th day of March 2020. 

ATTY. EVELIO R. LEONARDIA
City Mayor
Republic of the Philippines 
OFFICE OF THE CITY MAYOR
Bacolod City

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 21 
AN ORDER DECLARING A GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE IN THE CITY OF BACOLOD

WHEREAS, Section 15 of Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitute provides that the State shall protect and promote the right of the people and instil health consciousness among them;

WHEREAS, Section 16 of the Local Government Code states that every Local Government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or indicated for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare;

WHEREAS, the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on March 7, 2020 the first local transmission of Covid-19 in the Philippines;

WHEREAS, on March 8, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Proclanation No. 922, "Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines", as he considered the outbreak of Covid-19 an emergency that threatens national security;

WHEREAS, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020; 

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte uograded the Code Level Alert System for Covid-19 to Code Red Sublevel 2 and place Metro Manila under "community quarantine"; 

WHEREAS, the Department of Health has reported that the total number patients nationwide afflicted with COVID-19 has reached 140 with 11 recorded deaths as of March 15, 2020;

WHEREAS, the Memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, "Stringent Social Distancing Measures and Further Guidelines for the Management of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation", defines a "General Community Quarantine" as referring to a state where movement of people shall be limited to accesing basic necessities and work,and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points;

WHEREAS, the current public health emergency is covered by the Republic Act No. 11322 and other pertinent laws and issuances of the National Goverment (with its penal actions), that the City Government desires to implement its applicable provisions against any disruption and/or violation to the strict observance of the directives in this Executive Order;

WHEREAS, with the quick amd alarming increase in infections and deaths caused by Covid-19 all over the Philippines, it has become imperative for the City Government of Bacolod to place the City under General Community Quarantine;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EVELIO R. LEONARDIA, by virtue and power vested in me as the City Mayor of Bacolod do hereby declare that;

Section 1. A State of GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE is hereby declared and shall be implemented in the City of Bacolod effective immediately.

Section 2. During the General Community Quarantine, all land, sea and air travel to and from City of Bacolod shall be restricted.

Section 3. Movement of goods and cargoes to and from the City shall not be hampered or restricted. However, persons delivering such goods or cargoes shall be subject to the necessary health checking procedures by the duly designated authorities.

Section 4. The Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police-Bacolod Office are hereby ordered to secure the ports and all borders of the City respectively, and to set checkpoints at areas of entry into the City.

Section 5. The Government, in coordination with its Inter-Agency Task Force Against the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other government agencies, shall immediately come up with the implementing rules and regulations in relation to this Executive Order. 

Section 6. This General Community Quarantine and all its related rules and regulations shall be subject to review as the situation further develops. 

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately. 

Done in the City of Bacolod this 15th day of March 2020. 

ATTY. EVELIO R. LEONARDIA
City Mayor

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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. My wife is 65 years old and I am 75.

    We live on US Social Security, which we are required by US Law to show-up IN PERSON to get the money out of the bank.

    From the bank we go to our doctor’s office to pick-up our drug prescriptions.

    From the doctor’s office we go the Drug Store to have the scrips filled.

    From there we go to the grocery store.

    From there we go home.

    PROBLEM: WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE HOME BECAUSE OF OUR AGES AND BECAUSE OF THE 24/7 CURFEW. PLEASE ADVISE: WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

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