NegOr allows entry of stranded residents amid COVID-19 crisis
DUMAGUETE CITY, March 30 (PIA) — Local chief executives (LCEs) in Negros Oriental have permitted the entry of Oriental Negrenses living outside the province who would like to return here in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
This was the agreement reached during a conference between Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and other LCEs in the province organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here on March 27 at the Visionaire’s Lounge in Dumaguete City.
On March 24, Degamo issued an executive order which prevents the entry of persons, either resident of transient, in all borders and seaports in Negros Oriental.
However, hundreds of people were still allowed to enter the province through Tampi Port in Amlan town on March 26, photos of which have circulated on social media.
This sparked confusion over the implementation of the said directive.
In a Facebook post dated on the same day, Degamo confirmed this and clarified that the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) has disseminated a letter to all provinces.
The letter was a directive coming from the PMS to DILG which reiterates that “Filipinos who are stranded must be treated as nationals or citizens of the country and must not be denied of their right to return to their domicile.”
Degamo assured that those individuals who arrived at Tampi Port that day had gone through the Department of Health (DOH) protocols and have promised to abide the 14-day quarantine.
DILG has direct supervision of the LCEs.
Incidentally, on March 27, when the meeting of LCEs, law enforcement officers, health officers, and other local government units were taking place, a report of around 600 returning residents of Negros Oriental stranded at Bato Port in Samboan, Cebu reached local officials.
These individuals would like to go back to Negros Oriental after Cebu’s declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
With this, Degamo and LCEs here agreed that those who will be allowed to enter the province again must be accounted by the medical team from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), who in turn will endorse them to their respective Local Government Units (LGUs).
Returning residents should strictly follow quarantine protocols signed by the Department of Health (DOH).
“I-call nato ang attention sa mayor then atong ipakuha gyud mismo ang ilang mga tao aron ihatod gyud mismo sa mga kabarangayan. Nagkasabot dire na dili i-idiretso sa kanilang balay kundi ipahatud sa health centers or unsa pa diha nga mao gi-identify sa barangay na isolation area (We will notify the mayors and they should fetch their constituent. However, returning residents will not be directly brought to their homes. Instead, they will be brought to health centers or designated areas for isolation upon arriving in their hometown),” Degamo explained.
Degamo also issued Executive Order No. 25 on the same day which extended the entry of residents of Negros Oriental who are stranded in other provinces who would like to return here until 12:01 a.m. of March 28, 2020.
After that, the province enforced its ban on people entering the province. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)