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Ilocos Sur on guard vs. coronavirus

ILOCOS SUR — The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has ordered the implementation of strict quarantine procedures and other disease prevention and control measures to protect the province from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and other similar strains.

Governor Ryan Luis Singson issued Executive Order No. 03 on Tuesday, which mandates the implementation of precautionary measures against the possible entry of the virus in Ilocos Sur province.

“There is a need to protect the province from 2019-nCoV and similar strains, as may identified by the World Health Organization and/or the Department of Health, by the strict implementation of additional quarantine, and other disease prevention and control measures,” Singson said.

In the executive order, the Governor ordered the following: inspection/clearing/checking of foreign vessels in their second or subsequent port of entry; mandatory accomplishment of passenger declaration and health declaration card of those entering the province by domestic flights and by domestic or international vessels; barangay monitoring; and tourism establishments monitoring.

He also enjoined local chief executives in the different cities and municipalities to mobilize their respective barangay governments, and barangay volunteer workers, such as barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, and barangay service point officers to monitor and record returning residents and transients with travel history from countries positive for 2019-nCoV and similar strains and/or exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough and or/colds, and to report to the City or Municipal Health Office, if any.

Tourism establishments such as, but not limited to hotels, pension houses, motels, resort dwellings and transient accommodations, shall monitor and record guests with travel history from affected countries.

Further, Singson enjoined city and municipal mayors, through the city/municipal health officers, to advise and orient the tourism establishment owners on the implementation of these prevention and control measures.