Doors opening for those wishing to return to Bohol

Published May 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Minerva BC Newman

TAGBILARAN CITY — Bohol is slowly opening its doors to those who wish to come back to the province, but are still stranded in other places in the country due to the massive lockdown.

Governor Arthur Yap (center) (Ven Rebo Arigo via Minerva BC Newman / MANILA BULLETIN)
Governor Arthur Yap (center)
(Ven Rebo Arigo via Minerva BC Newman / MANILA BULLETIN)

Governor Arthur Yap said Bohol was welcoming them back provided they do not compromise the safety of the province due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

But Yap clarified that this did not include returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have a separate set of protocols to follow under the resolution of the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Yap said aggressive prevention must be sustained because it was still the best weapon against the dreaded virus.

“We are not afraid since what is the use then of our preparation. We can manage, but we also have to admit the limitation of our healthcare system in case of one infection graduating into an outbreak,” the governor added.

Yap continues to remind the public to observe social distancing, wear face mask, observe curfew, no mass gathering and stay at home if there is no essential or emergency to do outside.

Bohol is now under moderate general community quarantine (MGCQ).

According to Bohol COVID-19 Technical Working Group (TWG) spokesperson, Dr. Yul Lopez, the provincial government of Bohol will be sending to Cebu City a medical team, composed of two doctors from the Loon district hospital, and a medical technologist, to conduct free rapid antibody test on those intending to return to Bohol from other places in the country.

Lopez bared that the team consists of Lopez, Dr. Jefferson Ong, Dr. Angelito Lechago, Dr. Kazan Baluyot, Dr. Ray Atup, Dr. Celestina dela Serna, Dr. Ellan Lyl.