Albay Gov. Bichara issues guidelines to prevent spread of coronavirus


Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has issued an executive order establishing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province,

Under the Executive Order 7, all residents of Albay who travelled outside of the region should impose self-quarantine for 14 days.

“It is the duty of every person who travelled outside the region to report to any barangay officials, specifically to the barangay health worker/s upon his/her arrival at his/her residence. It is the duty of the barangay official designated or barangay health worker/s to monitor the health condition and whereabouts of said individual,” the EO read.

Meanwhile, transients are not exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period particularly those billeted in the hotel or dormitory.

Schools are likewise encouraged to shorten their school calendar and graduation or commencement exercises are discouraged.

“However, if such activity cannot be avoided for posterity purposes, it must be held in their respective classrooms allowing only parents to be present in said activity or ceremony,” the EO added.

Those establishments that are frequented by people such as banks, hotels, resorts, restaurants, hospitals, places of worship, government offices, schools, theaters, malls, among others are required to have their daily disinfection protocols for frequently touched surfaces

“Buses/vehicles coming from outside the region where the passenger’s final destination is within the province must sanitize their buses/vehicles such as but not limited to vans, tricycles, taxis, jeepney’s, trucks and all other types of motorized vehicles, after every trip. Public utility buses/vehicle plying within the region/province must sanitize their vehicles every end of the day after the last trip in their respective garage or place where their buses/vehicles are parked,” the EO stated..

“All public transport (air, sea and land) from outside the region is mandatorily required to maintain a passenger manifesto with complete address of passengers for tracing purposes, and to be submitted, if required, to any government agency or entity,” it added.

Meanwhile, activities involving a crowd like festivals, fiesta celebrations, seminars, workshops, conferences and the like are suspended.

The order also encouraged the public to follow the prescribed guidelines and preventive measures set by the Department of Health and LGU advisories.

“Should there be a confirmed COVID-19 case in a barangay, the LGU where the barangay is located shall order a lockdown in said affected barangay,” said the EO.