By Franco Regala
SAN FERNANDO CITY – Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda on Tuesday placed the province under state of calamity amid the public health threat of the corona virus disease (COVID-19.
The governor made the declaration following an emergency meeting of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the endorsement of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to allow the province’s 21 towns to utilize portion of their quick response funds and engage in emergency response to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
The law states that local government units (LGUs) can have access to additional funds should their jurisdiction be placed under a state of calamity.
On Monday, the town of Porac was also placed under state of calamity after it reported its first case of COVID-19 last week. The 33-year old male, also the first case in the province, was a Grab driver who serviced the routes of Clark Freeport and other towns in the province.
Pampanga’s second recorded case was still confined, quarantined and being treated at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital. He frequented a prayer hall in San Juan, and was reportedly exposed to a previously confirmed case of COVID-19.
The third case was reported by a private hospital in the City of San Fernando. His case was reported on March 9, but he died two just two days later, when confirmation of his being COVID-19 positive coming on March 13.
Pineda said the provincial government conducted contact tracing of families, relatives, friends and neighbors to monitor them for symptoms of the virus and ensure immediate assistance should their health condition develo