Active gov leads fight vs COVID-19

His new advisory: Set up Essential Supply Days

As chairperson of Ilocos Norte’s “Task Force Salun-at,” Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc continued to lead in implementing various preventive and curative measures against the entry of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in this northern province.

Under his direct supervision, the Task Force took high gear in raising community awareness, promoting preventive and curative measures, perform rapid action and resource mobilization, clinical management and public health response, and planning and periodic reporting.

Last March 24, Governor Manotoc met with local chief executives of the province’s component cities and municipalities; officers of the Philippines National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Fire protection; and representatives of the Ilocos Norte Medical Society.

In the said meeting, the Governor gladly announced that the province of Ilocos Norte remains “COVID-free.”

Lately, he led the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfectants, and medical supplies in all government hospitals in Ilocos Norte.

Likewise, the Provincial Health Office distributed PPE to Barangay Health Emergency response team members.

Moreover, it was agreed during the meeting that barangay checkpoints will be manned by three up to six officials only and must be supervised by PNP personnel in line with the national government guidelines

On essential supplies, the Governor spearheaded the series of province-wide distribution of food packs and other relief assistance to all families in need due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Also, mist sprinklers have been set up at all quarantine checkpoints in the province, through his initiative.

Under his Executive Order No. 62-20 on the strict implementation of enhanced community quarantine, he mandates all local chief executives to designate an “Essential Supply Days” and store management to enforce social distancing among buying customers. Several amendments were made to it through EO 63-20.

His latest EO No. 64-20 orders the prohibition of sale, purchase, and serving and consumption of intoxicating drinks from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

As the Covid-19 scare continued to linger, the Provincial Capitol here keeps open line with various national government agencies, and individuals to strengthen its support to affected sectors and residents of the province.—(EJD, PGIN-CMO)