By Masiding Noor Yahya
ILIGAN CITY: The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged local government units in Northern Mindanao (Region 10) to make policies or ordinances attuned to the ‘new normal’ while there is still no vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a press conference on Tuesday in Cagayan de Oro, DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe asked local government units to make policies or ordinances to ensure appropriate behaviors on adopting the ‘new normal.’
“Kinahanglan kita ug disiplina kay kung enkaso wala na ta sa general community quarantine… dili ni ipasabot mubalik ta unsa ta before COVID-19. Naa na ta’y gitawag nga new normal,” Agabe said.
(We need discipline because in case we will no longer be under general community quarantine… this does not mean that we have to go back from what we were before COVID-19. We now have what we call new normal)
Among the new normal that should be observed by the public include strict observance of social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, wearing of facemasks in public places, and observance of proper hygiene or frequent hand washing.
“If it’s not essential, kung dili kinahanglanon nga magtapok-tapok ta pareho kaning gabuhaton nato karon nga (if we don’t really need to gather in one place, like what we’re doing now the) virtual teleconferencing, the better,” Agabe added.
DILG-10 also urges the LGUs to come up with an ordinance requiring establishments or offices to have accessible sanitizers prior to entering the facility. Hand washing stations are also recommended to ensure proper hygiene is observed.
As for the utilization of Bayanihan Grant, local development and Sangguniang Kabataan funds of the LGUs to prevent or contain COVID-19, Agabe said they are currently monitoring the financial status of LGUs as well as they are conducting a survey to determine the LGUs that need financial aid from the provincial or national government.
“Tan-awon nato kung pila ang nagamit na sa local development fund; kung naa pa ba’y nabilin (We will check on how much have been spent from the local development fund; if there is still something left),” Agabe said citing that LGUs would really need funding for other purposes such as calamity or disaster response. (MNY/RSP)