SAN FERNANDO CITY, Apr. 9 (PIA) - - Following the imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in its six component local government units (LGUs), stricter border control policies will also be implemented in the province of La Union.
Earlier, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III issued Executive Order (EO) No. 8 and 9 placing the towns of Agoo, Aringay, Naguilian, Luna, and Tubao under MECQ effective April 8 to 21.
On Thursday, Ortega also placed San Fernando City under MECQ from April 10 to 23.
All six LGUs were classified to have critical epidemic risk level with more than 50 percent of their respective barangays having new active cases.
To further arrest the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province, Ortega issued EO No. 10 which contains new guidelines on the requirements on border entries in the province beginning April 10 until all its LGUs are declared under a lower category of community quarantine.
One of the main points on the new policy include the presentation of negative RT-PCR test regardless of origin and duration of stay outside the province among residents, and non-residents, including travellers passing through La Union.
Also, travel for tourism and leisure is no longer allowed during the duration of the EO.
The latest guidelines suspend EO No. 3 which requires a negative RT-PCR test result issued within the last three days if a resident is from higher risk level areas for more than 14 days and EO No. 7 wherein the provincial government issued specific guidelines on travel for the purposes of leisure.
"To ensure the utmost protection of the health of the constituents of the province of La Union and in line with the issuance of EO Nos. 8 and 9, there is a need to strengthen quarantine control points and border control policies for travelers in general," stated in the EO No. 10.
In his virtual meeting with all the 20 local chief executives on April 7, Ortega assured the unrelenting support of the provincial government.
"I assure you that your Provincial Government will continue to augment any possible needs on the LGU level and we will be with you all throughout," the governor said.
He added, "We have a grasp of our situation and we are capable of handling it with dauntless bravery because we have been systematic in all of our approaches," underscoring that the harmonious inter-LGU operations in the province is key to effective crisis management response.
Meanwhile, the provincial government also issued Advisory No. 6 on Monitoring of the Compliance to the Minimum Public Health Standards in the Workplaces recognizing the need to take systematic measures that protect the welfare of workers who are considered "the backbone of our economy."
As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, La Union has 1,723 active cases, 363 of which are new cases.
Twenty-four new recoveries and two deaths were also logged. (JCR/AMB/JNPD, PIA La Union)