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Sarangani enforces “enhanced community quarantine

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 7, 2020) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon continues to appeal to the public to strictly follow the guidelines and protocols of EO 10 to keep Sarangani “COVID free.”

To contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Solon released Executive Order No. 10 on March 28 declaring an enhanced community quarantine in the province of Sarangani reiterating the modified policies on physical distancing, stay-at-home and mandatory home quarantine and providing guidelines for implementation.

On April 1, Governor Solon said the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country has called for a stringent approach in preventing the spread of the virus.

In executing EO 10, municipal mayors are encouraged to come up with detailed guidelines applicable to their respective municipalities.

Governor Solon said, “mas lig-on ni sya mas nag huot and strikto ang atong patakaran, kung mahuli mo sa mga checkpoint mga borders nga naga travel nga without passes dili mo kasulod, kung mugawas mo dapat aduna kay quarantine pass from the mayor og kinahanglan nga aduna kay papeles nga member ka sa essential industry.”

“Ang 2-meter distancing, muingon ang mga tao nga arte man na pero ingnan ta mo, kung maka distansya mo og 2 meters gikan sa isa ka tao bisag hatsing, mas dako ang tsansa nga dili ka maapektohan kung may sakit ang tao, so you just have to do this,” he added.

EO 10 contains reinforced protocols in stay at home; physical distancing; anti-hoarding, anti-panic buying, price and marketing regulations; mass gatherings and recreational activities; travel restrictions; mandatory home quarantine and mortem protocols.

Under the “Stay at Home” policy, going outside is only allowed when the purpose is essential like purchasing of food, medicines and other necessary supplies or to do necessary businesses like bank transactions.

Also, essential workers like authorized government officials; personnel from Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines; health staff; social workers; disaster response teams; local government security unit; workers from the agriculture and fishing industry; grocery, pharmacy, bank, market and money remittance workers; and members of the media are allowed to travel and report to their respective establishments obtaining requisites and identifications cards required by the Local Government Units (LGU).

All persons 17 years old and below, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with pre-existing immune-suppressing diseases and other co-morbidities like asthma, chronic lung disease, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, must stay at home.

Meanwhile, all essential movements must be done strictly observing hand sanitizing and curfew hours between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer said, “only one person should be allowed to go outside na dapat maintindihan ng mga tao. Isang tao lang ang dapat na bibili ng mga kailangan o mamalengke. There are reported local transmissions and how can we prevent this? that is for everyone to stay at home.”

On the other hand, all individuals who go out from home for essential purposes must at all times observe physical distancing observing 6 feet or 2 meters distance between each person.

The “Anti-hoarding, Anti-panic buying, Price and Marketing Regulations” demand all establishments selling essential goods to impose restrictions on the number of items an individual can purchase to ensure sufficient supply.

They shall also observe price freezing as imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry. Any violator shall be dealt with accordingly pursuant to Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act.

All religious organizations are also strongly advised to come up with mechanisms to forego mass gatherings and instead encourage members to temporarily do worship activities at home with family members only.

As for all other kinds of recreational and similar activities that gather people to crowd, the same are prohibited.

All Sarangani towns which serve as entry and exit points for General Santos City, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato shall also strictly implement the non-essential travel restrictions.

However, local chief executives of border LGUs shall have to come up with agreements so as not to deprive the community of essential needs such as food supplies, medicines, water and other essential goods.

This shall include travel by boat within Sarangani Bay and its borders.

The PUMs and PUIs and their respective households completing the mandatory quarantine including those who show mild symptoms and their family members are not allowed to go out of their houses in compliance with the mandatory quarantine, hence they should be given support by the LGU.

In the event that a PUI dies pending the result of the nasopharyngeal test, the MLGU upon coordination with the PHO shall designate funeral service facility which shall strictly observe the same guidelines provided for by the Department of Health (DOH Memorandum No. 2020-0067) in handling COVID-19 casualties. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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