Bohol Island News Staff | Posted on March 7, 2020
All travelers and visitors planning to go to Bohol must now submit themselves to strict health checking upon their arrival at any ports in the province.
This was after Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap ordered for the mandatory health checking of all arriving visitors following the declaration of a Code Red Sub-Level 1 for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Department of Health (DOH).
What does this mean?
A passenger of any ship or aircraft must now undergo a mandatory temperature check at their port of entry and submit their health declaration cards.
On Saturday, the DOH also announced that there is now local transmission of the COVID-19 thru the 5th positive case who has no travel history in the affected countries outside the Philippines.
“I have ordered the Provincial Administrator to get in touch with the Provincial Health Office, officials of the Panglao International Airport and PPA officials, to enforce very strictly a mandatory thermometer scan of all arrivals to Bohol, by sea or air, and to submit their mandatory health declaration cards for monitoring.” Yap said.
Yap also asks the mayors in the province to reconsider their travel plans to Manila as there is a scheduled League of Municipalities in the Philippines (LMP) meeting there.
“I am also in touch with DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has informed me that the LMP meeting in Manila this week will not be mandatory for Mayors. I am therefore asking Mayors to re-consider their plans to travel to Manila and instead stay at their posts and prepare their towns to meet the challenges that lie ahead due to the President’s red alert declaration.” Yap added.
He also ordered the Provincial Government “to buckle down and facilitate the mobilization of resources and ease processes most especially in the procurement of critical equipment and supplies related to monitoring and quarantine measures”.
Meanwhile, the Bohol governnor was also informed by Sec. Año “to prepare and join the officers of the Governor’s League to meet concerned cabinet officials this Monday to coordinate efforts on the Covid-19”.