Iloilo province beefs up monitoring of returning residents, APORs

Published May 18, 2021, 4:11 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – As a means to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the provincial government of Iloilo is pushing for the strict monitoring of returning residents and authorized persons outside of Residence (APORs).

The Iloilo Provincial Capitol is the seat of the Iloilo provincial government. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

“The monitoring must be done in the barangays (villages),” said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

This after Defensor issued Executive Order No. 2021-155, which updates the provincial government’s policies in tackling COVID-19 under the new normal.

Defensor noted that the provincial government is not amenable for another form of lockdown or higher quarantine status. Instead, it has to strengthen its strategies on prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and reintegration (PDITR).

While there is still low daily attack rate of COVID-19 in the province, Defensor said that the new cases are mostly traced from those who had recent travel from outside Iloilo or those who had contacts with those inbound travelers.

With the new policy, Defensor notes that the barangay-based monitoring will be more efficient and faster than relying solely on the local government unit (LGU) of the 42 towns and component city of Passi.

“We have to do this while we have only started with the vaccination roll-out,” Defensor added.

Meanwhile, Defensor had an online meeting with the mayors of the 42 towns and component city of Passi to cascade this order.