By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) — The whole province of Lanao del Sur is placed under community quarantine effective today after a joint executive order was signed by the local chief executives of the province and this city.
Governor Mamintal Bombit Alonto Adiong, Jr. and City Mayor Majul Gandamra signed the Joint Executive Order No. 001 Series of 2020 placing the province including Marawi City under community quarantine until April 14, 2020.
The joint executive order was signed in support of Proclamation No. 922 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and to control the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19).
With the great threats posed by the return of some residents from Metro Manila to the province, there is a need to issue the said order.
Under the community quarantine, the movement of all persons regardless of their origin and mode of travel is prohibited from entering the province except for a.) deliveries of goods and commodities, b.) medical doctors and other frontline services working in the province, c.The) national government and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao officials and employees, members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Armed Forces of the Philippines who are deployed to prevent the spread of CoVid-19 or to maintain peace and order, d.) patients who cannot be accommodated within the province, e.) bank vehicles, f.) employees of government agencies and local government units in the province who are residents from outside, g.) private construction companies and h.) other extreme circumstances.
Meanwhile, employers are advised to issue identification or proof of employment to their workers who live outside Lanao del Sur that may be used as special passes when they travel to work.
The transport system shall remain operational for public use but shall implement “social distancing” measures.
A daily curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am is also imposed in the province. Classes are also suspended until April 14, 2020.
Mass gatherings are also prohibited to avoid the transmission of CoVid-19.
According to the report of the Integrated Provincial Health Office as of March 16, there are six (6) persons under investigation (PUI) confined and isolated at Amai Pakpak Medical Center, 3 PUIs hiding, and 75 persons under monitoring in the whole province. (LEAntonio/ PIA ICIC, Photo from Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur)