ILOILO CITY—Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. is calling for the serious implementation of physical distancing in public transportation as he warned of the continuous threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The governor reiterated this after observing how physical distancing has been lax for seating arrangements in public jeepneys, buses or tricycles in the 42 towns and component city of Passi.
Defensor pointed out that COVID-19 has not disappeared, and everyone should be wary of the threat it poses with the risk of getting infected still high if passengers are in close proximity to each other.
Defensor disclosed the concern was discussed during a recen meeting with the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) and the Western Visayas regional office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-6).
“We are getting our police and the LTO to enforce this,” Defensor noted.
The governor also emphasized that physical distancing in public transportation must be enforced as it is stated in an executive order.
Meanwhile, Defensor is also drafting another executive order that will ban Christmas caroling and Christmas parties.
As of November 27, there were 21 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths. This brings a total of 2,663 COVID-19 cases recorded in the province and 79 casualties.