By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Governor Francisco T. Matugas of Surigao del Norte on Friday temporarily suspended travel of passengers to the Siargao Island.
The temporary suspension of travel to Siargao Island, which is comprised of nine towns, was due to the sudden spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the province.
Drivers and helpers of cargo trucks bringing foods, agricultural and construction supplies that will enter Siargao Island were also assessed additional health requirements starting Friday.
Crew of cargo vessels, truck drivers and helpers, will be required to present at ports in Dapa and other ports in Siargao and Surigao del Norte Rapid Antibody Test taken within five days prior to the date of departure.
“Our main purpose of this is to avert the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 disease,” said Matugas.
As of June 25, data from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Caraga Region (DOH 13-CHD) registered a total of 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 12 suspect cases in Surigao del Norte
Of the total number of confirmed cases, four were from the capital city Surigao.
“I urge Surigaonon to stay calm and strictly adhere all the protocols issued by the DOH, inter-agency task force, your
respective local government units and other concerned line agencies of the government to stop the spread of the deadly virus,” Matugas said.
The provincial Chief Executive issued Memorandum Order No. 20- 175 that immediately took effect on Friday, June 26, until June 30.
“The order aims to manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the province of Surigao del Norte, and the tourist hub and Paradise Island of Siargao,” Gov. Matugas said.
The Surigao del Norte governor said the measure will make the human resources of the province focused in managing the confirmed Covid-19 patients and those who tested positive in Rapid Antibody tests.
Quarantine checkpoints in the province are also being strengthened.