ILIGAN CITY: Lanao del Norte provincial governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo has asked the chairmen of the barangays (villages) in the coastal towns of the province to help formally disseminate the guidelines of Executive Order 08, Series of 2020, which she issued on May 3, 2020, placing the entire province under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Placing the province under GCQ is in line with the provincial government’s enduring effort to secure the province and protect the safety and health of the residents and in pursuance to the order of the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Governor Dimaporo said she strongly recognizes the important role of the barangay chairmen to win the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a meeting with barangay chairmen from the province’ coastal municipalities of Matungao, Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Kolambugan, Tubod, Baroy, Lala, and Kapatagan.
She appealed to them to support the effort of the Provincial Government and the National Government to help flatten the curve, beginning in their respective communities.
IMT Incident Commander and the Provincial Information Officer, Lyndon G. Calica, strongly emphasized that Barangay Captains should closely coordinate with the Rural Health Unit and strictly monitor their constituents and identify anyone who is not from the community.
Calica said with regards to the residents wanting to return from other provinces or cities, they are advised to coordinate with the Barangay Captain their intention to return. The Barangay Captain should inform the Local Government Unit for guidance and observance of the correct protocol, he added.
Provincial Director Bruce A. Colao of the Department of the Interior and Local Government agrees with the statement of Governor Dimaporo and added that Barangay Captains are the first line of defense in the detection aspect against COVID-19, a measure that is necessary to help protect the community and the health workers as frontliners in the on-going battle.
Colao emphasized that Executive Orders issued by the Provincial Chief Executive and the Provincial Ordinances passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will prevail over Municipal and Barangay Executive Orders and Ordinances.
Mark Christopher Babor, Provincial Legal Officer, thoroughly discussed each provision of EO 08, as well as the Provincial Ordinance No. 03-2020 or the ordinance imposing mandatory wearing of face mask and strict observance of social or physical distancing.
He also presented the process flow of the Balik Lanorte Program of the Provincial Government for residents and students that were stranded in other places and want to return to the province.
Vice Governor Maria Cristina ‘Cristy’ N. Atay, Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, also explained that municipalities and barangays that have not crafted an ordinance similar with the Provincial Ordinance No. 03-2020, can adapt and implement the said ordinance in their communities, or formulate their own in line with the honest and good intention of the Provincial Legislatures.
Governor Dimaporo thanked the Barangay Captains for the meeting and reminded them that the only way to win the war against COVID-19 is to implement and follow the guidelines crafted by the National Government, as support to President Duterte’s untiring effort to protect the Filipino people.
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