SurSur guv urges locals to help curb COVID-19 spread in Caraga
BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) – “We could stop COVID-19 from spreading once we all unite, cooperate and do what needs to be done. We should protect each other and help also our frontliners who are exposed in the field just to keep our locals safe.”
This was the statement of Governor Alexander Pimentel of Surigao del Sur as he urged all local residents not only in the province but in the entire Caraga region to fight as one against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Gov. Pimentel, in his interview over Laging Handa Network Briefing, acknowledged the concerted efforts of all the local chief executives in the province who continuously give their best to provide the basic needs of the locals affected by the crisis situation on COVID-19. He said some LGUs might have difficulty in budgeting, but it did not stop them from providing services to its constituents as other concerned agencies are also providing assistance and augmentation.
“There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases so far of the patients under investigation (PUIs) confined at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City. As far as Surigao del Sur is concerned, all the local officials of the province and concerned government agencies are closely coordinating and are now conducting contact tracing on those Surigaonons who had exposure to the cockpit derby in Davao City last March,” Pimentel underscored.
Meanwhile, the good governor also asked the national government for additional aid for district hospitals, saying they are also in need of additional Personal Protective Equipment for their frontliners and health workers who continue to operate and work in the field.
It was also learned that the provincial government has allotted P42-million wherein each municipality was given P2-million while each city (Bislig and Tandag) was given P4-million. To ensure that the interventions of the barangays in each LGU will remain continuous, the P2-million budget will be divided. The LGU will be given P1-million while the other half will be divided among the barangays, Gov. Pimentel said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)