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Victor Perete orders Daraga village chiefs: Strictly implement health protocols

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Daraga, Albay Mayor Victor Perete on Tuesday ordered all their barangay chairpersons to strictly implement the health protocols against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after the municipality was reverted to general community quarantine (GCQ) a day earlier.

Gov. Al Francis Bichara, Albay Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) chair, on Monday issued Executive Order (EO) No. 14 placing this capital city of the province, and the neighboring town of Daraga under GCQ from modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in these areas.

In response to the EO, Perete issued a policy statement directing barangay chairpersons to strictly impose all the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 without excuses.

“Non-compliance with the mandatory wearing of face mask, particularly in public places is a violation of municipal ordinance no. 11-2020 which impose a penalty of PHP1,000-PHP2,500 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days,” the mayor said.

Strict implementation of curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. was likewise ordered.

Perete also urged the provincial government to increase the allocation of vaccines for Daraga town.

Meanwhile, Bichara said placing Legazpi and Daraga under GCQ was based on the Department of Health (DOH) report stating that these have recorded the highest Covid-19 cases in Albay with the two areas posting case incidence ranging from 3 to 72 cases in May.

The order said while Legazpi and Daraga were placed under GCQ for 15 days starting May 31, the rest of the 14 towns and two cities in the province are still under MGCQ.

Under GCQ, stricter health protocols are enforced such as the limited movement of persons except when accessing essential goods and services, and persons below 18 years of age and those over 65 years of age, as well as persons with comorbidities and pregnant women are required to stay at home except when buying essential goods and services.

All mass gatherings such as but not limited to religious gatherings, necrological services, and visits to memorial parks including operation of all tourist destinations are reduced to a maximum of 30 percent capacity.

Mary Ann Ebrada, 26, an employee here, said the governor’s EO was timely and helpful.

“I’m starting to be scared because of the increasing Covid-19 cases here, with the EO at least people will be hesitant to go out unless necessary,” she said. (PNA)