Ilocos Sur gov’t suspends school activities due to COVID-19

ILOCOS SUR — Aside from class suspension in all levels, the provincial government of Ilocos Sur also announced today the suspension of all school activities in the province due to the concern of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Governor Ryan Luis Singson issued Executive Order (EO) No. 13 suspending all school activities such as but not limited to graduations, moving up exercises, balls, mass gatherings and/or other crowd-drawing events in all public and private schools in the province as a safety measure against the spread of the COVID-19.

“Despite the suspension of classes, there are still scheduled school activities that will expose students, teachers and parents to possible community transmission of the COVID-19,” said Governor Singson in the EO.

He added that after discussion with the Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine National Police, and all municipal/city mayors of Ilocos Sur during the Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Thursday, it was recommended that there is a need to suspend all scheduled school activities to prevent community transmission, minimize movement of persons/students and abate the spread of the COVID-19.

The provincial government also started implementing heightened measures to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 by requiring employees and visitors to undergo thermal scanning, proper screening and alcohol hand washing before entering the Provincial

Capitol premises.

Returning residents and tourists are mandated to declare their travel history for the past 14 days to determine the need for mandatory self-quarantine.

Those who have fever, cough, colds and/or any respiratory symptoms are advised to wear masks and to consult health authorities.

Meanwhile, national government agencies, local government units, academic institutions as well as business establishments in the province are also enforcing preventive measures to ensure that their employees and clients are safe.

This afternoon, Mayor Juan Carlo Medina of the City Government of Vigan ordered through Executive Order No. 09 the immediate deferment and/or cancellation of public gatherings until the risks of transmission has subsided.

To date, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said that there is a zero case of COVID-19 in the province while three persons under investigation and 200 persons under monitoring have been reported here.

For COVID-19 concerns, hotlines to contact are as follows: PHO-09175871221; Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang-09177999272; and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-09175777926. ●