By Danny Escatacio
QUEZON– The towns of General Luna and Padre Burgos in Quezon have issued memorandum orders for precautionary measures that should be taken by local residents, overseas Filipino workers and tourists who traveled to China, Hongkong and Macau.
The orders were issued to curb the spread of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (nCoV), and in response to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Health (DOH) department orders that were issued over the weekend.
In General Luna town, Mayor Matt Erwin Florido issued an urgent memorandum no. 1-2020 urging all OFWs, balikbayan and local tourists who traveled to China, Hongkong and Macau and are planning to go to the town that they should undergo 14-day self-quarantine even if they are not experiencing any symptoms of the virus.
The order further stated that they should be monitored by public health workers, and have themselves registered with the Rural Health Unit.
Florido also directed barangay chairmen and members of Sangguniang Barangay to report to the Municipal Health Officer the arrival of these persons in their respective villages.
According to Florido’s memorandum, those tourists, OFWs and balikbayan are constrained from roaming at public places of the town, or mingling with relatives, friends and local residents, until such time that they have finished the 14-day self-quarantine, and is found to be nCoV-free.
In Padre Burgos town, it was decided that the 103rd town day celebration scheduled on February 13-17 will be canceled, based on memorandum order no. 10 series 2020 issued by mayor Ruben Diokno.
Though, both towns still remain negative of 2019 nCoV, but, in Padre Burgos, there is one recorded resident under monitoring and investigation (PUI) with symptoms and has a travel history outside the Philippines, Diokno said. The said case has been properly managed by the health authorities with the pending release of diagnostic test results anytime soon, Diokno added.
Diokno’s memorandum added that the Municipal Health Office has issued a recommendation on suspending any kind of activities and gatherings that require huge audiences for the safety of the entire populace.