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CEBU QUARANTINE FACILITIES
As the national government lifts the travel ban on Taiwan amid ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), authorities in Cebu decided to put a new protocol in place in dealing with Filipinos who arrive at the Mactan Cebu International Airport from countries still covered by the Philippines’ travel ban.
This after several passengers from Taiwan who were made to undergo quarantine here complained of the accommodation at the facility in Barangay Apas in Cebu City. The provincial government decided to allow them to fly to Mindanao.
“Ang gamiton nga protocol would be, if they are not from Cebu and if they are on their way on some other LGU like Davao, ipadayon… adto na sila ipadala didto… atong dawaton na lang ang diri lang sa Cebu
(The protocol we will use is to send them to their ultimate destination. Only those who are from Cebu will be accommodated here),” Garcia said.
Twenty-one of 30 Filipino passengers who arrived from Taiwan on February 12 were allowed to fly to Mindanao on February 13 and 14 after complaining of the accommodation at the quarantine facility.
“Last night (February 13), murag 14 ang nakalarga via Cebu Pacific. Early this morning (February 14), pito ang ninglarga via Philippine Airlines (PAL),” said MCIAA General Manager Steve Dicdican yesterday.
The 21 passengers were sent to the facility in Barangay Apas because the facility in Barangay Lahug was already full.
The nine passengers from Cebu are now at the quarantine facility in
Capitol consultant, Atty. Rory Jon Sepulveda, said the provincial government never promised hotel-like accommodation.
"While we understand the anxiety of those who are under quarantine, the governor has been very clear from the very beginning that this is going to be a spartan-like accommodation. If they want a hotel, it would be at their expense," he said.
Capitol also emphasized that the decision to quarantine is clear and has legal grounds.
Garcia said the provincial government is only implementing the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to place Filipino passengers and permanent visa holders from China and of its special administrative regions on mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Executive Order 5 and 5-A to protect the province from COVID-19, which is now a "global health concern" according to the World Health Organization.
Provincial Health Officer Cristina Giangco also emphasized that it is the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and the Department of Health (DOH) that accept and process the arrivals at the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
"Filipinos or permanent visa holders who arrive are being sorted by the BOQ and the DOH. They are the ones who make the assessment whether one qualifies for home quarantine. If these persons under monitoring (PUM) do not qualify for HQ (home quarantine), they are sent to a quarantine facility (QF)," Giango said.
Those sent by BOQ for HQ are referred to the Provincial Health Office, which in turn, coordinates with the local government unit where the passenger resides. The provincial government provides the vehicle that brings the passenger to his city or town. The local government unit would then monitor the passenger for 14 days.
Sepulveda said the decision to allow passengers to undergo home quarantine lies with the DOH and BOQ.
Giango said the passengers who were sent to the province's quarantine facility most likely did not pass the requirements for home quarantine.
Under Garcia's EO No. 5, protocols for home quarantine requires a separate bedroom for the person to be isolated; household members must have PPE available such as gloves and face masks; and household members with an increased risk of complication such as children, the elderly, and the sick should not be present at the house of the person to be isolated.
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