North Cotabato implements preemptive lockdown

North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has ordered a preemptive lockdown of the entire province on Tuesday due to the threats of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19).

In an executive order, the governor said the move is “to ensure the safety and security of its people” against the disease.

Curfew hours are also enforced from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from March 18 to April 14, 2020.

People in the province with travel history from Metro Manila and abroad with confirmed cases of Covid-19 are required to sign up with their local health center and are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Persons manifesting symptoms of Covid-19 are ordered to report to their respective local government units for proper assessment, referral, isolation and confinement if needed.

Non-residents are prohibited from entering the province except those who are involved in the delivery of basic goods and services and medical supplies, those working in the province, and those passing through the province subject to health protocols and security measures.

Classes and all school activities in all levels are suspended from March 18 to April 24, 2020.

All business establishments are ordered closed except for public markets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, banks, and power providers, among others.

“In all such open establishments, their respective managements shall ensure the adoption of a skeletal workforce to support operations,” the order said.

Mass transport facilities are also ordered to limit their passenger capacity to observe social distancing and to conduct regular disinfection of their units.

“All religious, sports, cultural, and other social and public gatherings are strictly prohibited,” Catamco said.

Security forces are also required to remain on alert round-the-clock for the enforcement of the Covid-19 security and health protocols.

“The provincial government shall also observe a four-day-work week scheme provided that basic government services would not be disrupted,” the governor said, adding that online transactions and online meetings about government activities are encouraged as alternative work modes.

Travels of North Cotabato employees outside the province are prohibited momentarily except those vital in the operation of the province.

The governor said non-compliance with the order would be dealt with accordingly by existing and applicable laws.

Source: Philippines News Agency