Following the emergency meeting of the Abra Provincial Interagency Task Force on the COVID-19 on Thursday, Bernos issued Executive Order No. MR-05 series of 2020 -“Directing the Implementation of Precautionary Measures at the Entry Points of the Province of Abra.”
The EO provides that all individuals, both residents and those visiting Abra are directed to execute a Health Declaration Form to be submitted at each entry point of the province stating their personal details and contact details, including their recent travel history to foreign countries and local cities or provinces in the country in the past three weeks. Individuals should also declare illness in the past month and if experiencing flu-like or COVID-19 signs and symptoms.
The EO states that any individual who will refuse to declare as required by this order or who will provide false information shall be dealt with accordingly as provided by law.
The Abra COVID-19 Task Force with the different local government units will establish checkpoints at the different entry points of the province and manned by one each from the Municipal and Barangay COVID Task Force with the Abra Provincial Police Office. The task force with the provincial and municipal health offices and other agencies shall conduct thermal scanning and other available diagnostic procedures in each entry point to determine individuals who may be considered as Persons Under Monitoring or Persons Under Investigation.
Among the entry points with checkpoints are the Abra-Ilocos Sur Road in Barangay Tangadan, San Quintin; Abra-Ilocos Norte Road in Barangay Nagaparan, Danglas; Abra-Cervantes Road or the Quirino-DilongRoad in Barangay Dilong, Tubo; Abra-Kalinga Road in Barangay Nalbuan, Licuan-Baay; Tubo-San Emilio Road in Barangay Supo, Tubo; Pilar-Ilocos Sur Road in Pilar and the Luba-San Emilio Road in Luba.
Bernos added that curfew will also be strictly imposed where all public and private vehicles bound to the province will not be allowed entry from 12 midnight to 3:59 in the morning. Entry of vehicles and individuals will only be allowed from 4AM to 11:59PM but all individuals should be checked and submit the health declaration form.
The Governor also issued EO No. MR-04 declaring the temporary suspension of all crowd drawing activities, tourism activities including meetings and functions in the entire province effective immediately.
Activities which are temporarily suspended include fiestas or festivals, school reunions or homecoming, family reunions, athletic events, and all merriment and mass gathering or assembly but daily routines such as grocery, market day and the like are not included in the suspension provided that precautionary measures shall be observed during the daily activities.
For tourism activities, all tourist groups and guides are directed not to receive guests, be it local or foreign for any purpose, while tourists and other visitors who are now present in the province shall be directed to report to the nearest health facility and be advised to leave the province until suspension has been lifted.
Bernos also declared suspension of classes effective March 16, 2020 in all levels in both private and public schools until further notice. Activities in schools such as recognition day, graduation or commencement exercises and all crow-drawing school activities shall be temporarily suspended until further notice as well.
The governor called on her fellow Abrenos to understand and cooperate with the new orders implemented in the province to ensure safety of the all.
“As the mother of the province, I am prioritizing the protection of all the Abrenios from the COVID-19 virus thru the various measures effective immediately,” she said. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis