Catanduanes starts strict monitoring of arriving passengers at seaports

Published March 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Jinky Tabor 

VIRAC, Catanduanes – Authorities here are now strictly implementing scanning procedures and interviews on arriving passengers at these island province’s seaports.

Acting Governor Shirley Abundo had earlier issued an executive order that would only allow residents entry into the province.

As such, personnel from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) were stationed at the seaports to strictly oversee arrivals.

Passengers of public busses were offloaded inside the ferry boats, with only the drivers allowed to disembark. The drivers were then subjected to thermal scanning and interviewed for data relevant to their trip to Catanduanes.

The vehicles were then subjected to misting before being allowed to pass by the port gates.

Passengers are asked to fall in line inside the sea vessel and had temperature check and datas were gathered by the medical team. Persons with higher than normal temperature, cough and colds, fever and the like were asked to have themselves checked further.

Sea vessels were also disinfected prior to boarding of passengers and after disembarkation.

Ships management said they were still getting the usual number of passengers as of Sunday.

Meanwhile, the local government of Panganiban in the northern part of the Province released an advisory that they will be providing pick up points for travelers from outside the province going home to the said town.

Only authorized public utility vehicles will be allowed to enter the town, and no stopover prior to arrival in Panganiban will be permitted. All passengers will be brought home where they will observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine.