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PGIN strengthens preventive measures against COVID-19

LAOAG CITY — Anticipating possible escalation in number of cases relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) takes even more intensified measures to prevent the disease from entering the province.

Last Wednesday, Governor Matthew Marcos Manaotoc signed an Executive Order (EO), that requires mandatory self-quarantine for visitors and returning residents of Ilocos Norte who traveled overseas as protective measures in the spread of COVID-19.

“We are reminding everyone who traveled from affected countries to do their part in isolating themselves for the mandatory 14 days. Also, we can’t stop domestic flights from coming in. We’ve learned that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are not part of the travel ban so we still have to look out for the safety of our kakailian, and welcome them to a safer environment which I believe is here in Ilocos Norte,” Gov Marcos Manotoc explained.

Gov. Marcos Manotoc also assured that the Provincial Government is preparing and working for the protection of the Ilokanos against COVID-19, through the procurement of necessary equipment.

“In our airport, the temperature scanner is still being used. We are glad that the staff of the Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health (DOH) are there to monitor. We still have the 50 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the DOH, and we are procuring additional equipment. Also, we are assured that the Philippine Red Cross has a contingency amount of 400 PPE only if needed.”

The provincial government is also recommending for the cancellation of different events and activities in the province such as the TINMAN triathlon event in Pagudpud, and the “Kinni-kinni” Parade.

“We are also suggesting to the Department of Education (DepEd) to possibly delay graduation exercises, and to hold off all fiestas as well. As much as we would like to grow our tourism sector, it is not the right time to welcome people and risk the health of our own residents. It’s too risky so let’s not convene large numbers for now,” Gov Marcos Manotoc concluded.