NE­GOCC ECQ STARTS MON­DAY

Gov't to al­low only one per­son per house­hold to leave home

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

IT’S NOW of­fi­cial that the whole prov­ince of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal will be un­der En­hanced Com­mu­nity Quar­an­tine (ECQ) amid the con­cerns on the spread of coro­n­avirus (Covid-19) start­ing Mon­day, March 30 un­til April 14 af­ter Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son signed an Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der yes­ter­day.

Lac­son clar­i­fied that an ECQ is not a lock­down be­cause this will only limit peo­ple on the streets while in a lock­down no­body can go out of the streets.

“The im­pres­sion now is no­body can go out. The im­pres­sion is that gro­cery stores will be closed, the banks and util­i­ties. That is not true. It will be nor­mal and they will be open with some ad­just­ments in the num­ber of hours.

Capi­tol will de­ploy

skele­tal force dur­ing the en­tire pe­riod of the ECQ. Those who are not phys­i­cally fit or have some med­i­cal con­di­tions may do their jobs at home with pay, Lac­son said.

The key word here is co­op­er­a­tion, he added.

“Your rel­a­tives in Manila have been do­ing this for about three weeks al­ready and and they’re man­ag­ing it so let us also do our share here in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal”, Lac­son fur­ther said.

In Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 20-20, Lac­son said that as a prea­cau­tion­ary mea­sure against the spread or lo­cal trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus (COVID19), “there is a need to im­ple­ment so­cial dis­tanc­ing and other pre­ven­tive mea­sures.”

The gov­er­nor also cited fig­ures in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal as of March 25, there are a to­tal of 12,768 per­sons un­der mon­i­tor­ing (PUM) with

2,600 cleared af­ter the 14- day quar­an­tine. Nine per­sons are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion (PUI) while 24 PUIS have al­ready been dis­charged from hospi­tal. There were two recorded deaths (PUI) pend­ing lab­o­ra­tory results. Of the two deaths one is from Bi­nal­ba­gan and one from San Car­los City. Both have un­der­ly­ing health is­sues. The one from San Car­los Cuty died of ac­cute respiro­tory dis­ease and pneu­mo­nia but had no his­tory of travel ex­cept that a fam­ily mem­ber went to Du­maguete but contact was not es­tab­lished while the one in Bi­nal­ba­gan died of liver cir­rho­sis with pneu­mo­nia with his­tory of travel in Manila so they were con­sid­ered as PUIS.

The EO also de­clared sus­pen­sion of mass trans­port that will ap­ply to all buses, jeep­neys, taxis, Vhire vans , tri­cy­cles, et­ri­cy­cles and trisikads.

It also man­dates the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to im­ple­ment a scheme of de­liv­er­ing food packs and other ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties to vul­ner­a­ble cities and towns dur­ing the 14day pe­riod.

Es­tab­lish­ments pro­vid­ing ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and en­gaged in food and med­i­cal sup­plies, pro­cess­ing plants, money re­mit­tance and trans­fer ser­vices, pe­tro­leum, power and en­ergy,wa­ter, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, Bpos,sugar cen­trals shall re­main open, it added

How­ever,these busi­nesses shall only main­tain a strict skele­tal force of 25 per­cent of their reg­u­lar plan­tilla,the EO said.

It also or­ders the busi­nesses to pro­vide work­ers in the skele­tal force with liv­ing quar­ters as manda­tory quar­an­tine.

Clo­sure of bor­ders, ports and air­ports shall re­main in force.

Dur­ing the ECQ, lo­cal govern­ment units are man­dated to pro­vide food packs for families af­fected and they should pro­vide point to point trans­porta­tion plan to de­liver fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tives to mar­kets or stores within their ju­ris­dic­tion.

De­liv­ery of all car­goes shall not be de­layed, it said.

The EO added that a house­hold quar­an­tine pass will be is­sued at one per house­hold which will be used when the rep­re­sen­ta­tive pur­chases food, medicine and other es­sen­tial com­modi­ties.

The barangays shall dis­trib­ute the pass house­to­house.

Su­per­mar­kets and gro­cery stores are ca­pa­ble of re­stock­ing their sup­plies, Lac­son also clar­i­fied when asked of the as­sur­ance that enough food and essentials will be avail­able.

“We’re only lim­it­ing the move­nent of the peo­ple es­pe­cially on the streets.

Buy nor­mal con­sump­tion the way you do it on nor­mal days but not that is good for a month or more,” Lac­son said.

The towns and cities are also man­dated to as­sist their needy con­stituents and dis­placed work­ers, the EO said.*

TDE PHOTO

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son signs the Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 14-day En­hanced Com­mu­nity Quar­an­tine in the prov­ince that will start on Mon­day, March 30.

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