NegOr on alert vs unauthorized entry of individuals from Cebu
DUMAGUETE CITY, April 20 (PIA) — Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has urged residents and officials living in coastal areas of the province to be alert against the unauthorized entry of people coming from Cebu who use regular pump boats as mode of transport.
Degamo has instructed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to coordinate with all Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS) and village chiefs residing in the province’s coastal areas to be alert against this scheme.
“Dili pwede nga naay mga pump boat gikan sa Cebu, na magkarga ug tawo, na makasulod sa dire sa atoang probinsiya. Kung naay BHERTS na gapabuyag,nga wala motuman sa lagda sa guidelines, akong giingnan atong i-suspend. I will not hesitate to suspend the barangay officials na gapabuyag ug wala magtuman sa guidelines na atong gilati (Pump boats carrying individuals from Cebu should be barred from entering the province. I will not hesitate to suspend the BHERT or the barangay official who will disobey this directive or the guidelines we have set),” Degamo stressed.
He explained the move is part of the measures undertaken by the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), which he also chairs, to further “flatten the curve” or bring down the COVID-19 statistics in the province.
“We need to protect the 1.5 million people. Base sa atoang record, nag-zero na ta sa Covid-19 positive and ang atong graph is hapit na ma-flatten. We need to preserve. The only way to preserve is to close the borders (Based on our records, we have zero positive cases and our graph is showing that we are close to flattening the curve. We need to preserve this and the only way to preserve this is to close the borders),” he said.
The local chief executive of the province noted the surge of COVID-19 cases in Cebu, which is why the province has to maintain border closure for the meantime to protect its residents.
In relation to this, Philippine National Police (PNP) Negros Oriental Provincial Director PCol. Julian Entoma assured that the entire police force will cooperate with this directive from the governor.
“Ang atong gipanagan-an katong gikan sa Cebu na mopakyaw ug pump boat na motabok pod sa atong seashore. As of now, ang atong mga hepe sa coastal areas ato nang gipa-adto sa mga kabarangayan. Atong himug-atan ang barangay official ug mga tanod. Kon dili nila mapugnan or labi na ila-itolerate kay ang modunggo diha ila pod paryente, among pasampolan, pabuhat ug report na ang barangay official maoy violator para among i-recommend sa DILG to be suspended (We are keeping an eye on pump boats coming to our seashore. As of now, I have instructed the chiefs of police to visit coastal villages. We are informing the barangay official and tanods about this. If they won’t enforce it, perhaps they have relatives coming in riding pump boats, then we will file a report against them and recommend to DILG to suspended them from work),” Entoma said.
The border closure is part of the measures implemented under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) declared over Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, Degamo cited that if the numbers continue to decline, the provincial IATF-EID may consider to downgrade the status of the province from ECQ to modified General Community Quarantine. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)