ILOILO–From June 4 to 18, all non-essential travelers in the province of Iloilo won’t be allowed to cross checkpoints placed in every town’s borders as additional measures aimed at limiting the movement of people and thus preventing the further spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This, after Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. issued Executive Order No. 175 imposing stricter restrictions to non-essential travel.
According to Defensor, “Ang aton nga municipal quarantine, gina-minimize lang anay naton ang pagguwa sang non-essential travel sa aton mga kabanwahanan kag sa Passi City [Our municipal quarantine aims to minimize the exit of non-essential travel from our towns and Passi City].”
Exempted from the said measure are those who work outside of the town where they reside.
Based on data from the province’s contact tracing team, Defensor averred, the infection mostly comes from other towns and is thereafter transmitted to others when the individual returns home. “Kun buhinan naton ang sirkulasyon sang tawo sa bilog nga probinsya kag ang pagguwa man sang non-essential travel halin sa munisipyo, malikawan gid ang surge sang COVID-19 [If we minimize the circulation of people in the entire province as well as the exit of non-essential travel from the municipalities, we can somehow prevent the surge of COVID-19],” Defensor quipped.
“That is the strategy; that is why we have municipal quarantine. That is the best at the highest level that we can do for now,” he added.
He said each town will designate border control points and all municipal mayors have already been apprised of the plan.
“Ma-interlock anay ang tanan naton nga munisipyo pero non-essential lang. Kun APOR (Authorized Persons Outside of Residence) ikaw kag naga-ubra ikaw ‘ya, pwede ikaw makaguwa sa imo nga banwa. Ang mga labay-labay lang anay nga rason—ang aton nga paglagaw-lagaw sa bilog nga probinsya—amo ‘na ang aton nga buhinan [Our towns will interlock but only to bar non-essential travel. If you’re an APOR and you are working, you are allowed to go out of your town’s borders. Only those non-important, leisure trips in the province we seek to minimize],” the Iloilo governor said.
The provincial chief executive said travel passes will be issued to guide those manning the border checkpoints in determining who gets to pass through each town’s frontiers.
“Kun government employee ka, ang opisina mo ang ma-issue sang travel pass mo. Daw amo ‘na ang travel order mo. Kun empleyado ka sang private sector, ang employer o kompanya mo ang ma-issue sa imo. Pero kun wala ka ‘ya nagapang-empleyo, halimbawa may gina-atender ikaw nga uma sa pihak nga banwa ukon negosyante ikaw, ang imo travel pass, ang LGU sina ang ma-issue [If you’re a government employee, your office will issue your travel pass. That comes in the form of your travel order. If you’re an employee of the private sector, your employer or company will be the one to issue it to you. But if you’re not a government employee or any private establishment, for example you tend a farm in another town or you’re a businessman, your travel pass will come from the LGU],” Defensor explained.
The mayor can choose to either personally issue them or he can delegate it to the barangay captains, he further said.
The provincial government, together with the municipal mayors and the police, will be the ones to implement this EO.
“Ang nagapanguna gid na sa implementasyon, ang pumuluyo naton nga ugyunan nila ina. Kun ugyunan nila ina kag (mag)-successful kita sa sulod sang duha ka semana, after two weeks mabatyagan ‘ta gid ang iya resulta [What’s vital is for our constituents to join and support us in this undertaking. If they join us in this and it becomes successful in two weeks, we will definitely feel the results after],” Defensor concluded. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)