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San Carlos boosts fight vs. Covid

Police and city health personnel held a surprise checkpoint at the seaport in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Thursday* San Carlos PIO photo

The San Carlos City government is urging residents and other individuals, who attended the cockfighting activity from 8 a.m. on Jan. 16 until 8 a.m. the following day at the Laguda Cockpit Center in the municipality of Calatrava, to contact the city.

“This pertains to inquiry and contact tracing purposes for the San Carlos City Covid-19 positive case, a 64-year-old male, from Barangay Palampas,” the city said in an advisory posted on its FB page.

Concerned individuals should call 0909-651-3105, 0909-651-2338, 0909-651-3153, or 0951-607-5695, it added.

CHECKPOINT

Meanwhile, the San Carlos City police, together with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and City Health Office personnel, held a surprise checkpoint at the seaport Thursday afternoon.

Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr., of the DRRMO and manager of the city Emergency Operations Center, said the activity was held after a group led by Dr. Jessa Tiapon, EOC health cluster head, visited the port on Jan. 20 and observed that several travelers do not have sufficient documents despite the executive order from the office of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Alingasa added that it was also the city’s approach to remind operators that it is serious in its campaign against Covid-19 and that important documents should be completed before travel in order to avoid delays.

He also said their main concerns are the inbound passengers and travelers required to submit barangay and medical certificates, travel authority/authorities, and notice of acceptance from the LGUs of destination for non-Authorized Persons Outside Residence.

Drivers of cargo trucks should also secure a certificate from the Department of Trade and Industry that proves that the carried cargoes are part of essential goods.

Individuals who failed to secure necessary documents are advised to return to their points of origin or will be held until such time that documents are completed.

P/Lt. Roby Aurita said that among the vehicles checked, drivers were compliant and showed positive response to the activity.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard and shipping companies were invited to appear before members of the EOC during their regular meeting to explain their sides.

Mayor Renato Gustilo directed them to coordinate and work with the local government regarding acceptance of passengers and to follow health and safety protocols rather than take risks at the expense of the city.

Presently, Covid-19 transmission in the city has slowed down due to the continuous efforts of the EOC to contain the positive individuals but Gustilo said there should be no complacency.

“We cannot see the virus so we should always be on guard to protect ourselves, so let us continue to observe the necessary minimum health protocols,” he said. As of Jan. 21, the city had 513 positive cases, with 18 active infections, 461 recoveries, and 34 deaths.*

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