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Ilocos Norte LGUs called to fully equip quarantine facilities

by PGIN-CMO

Jun. 12, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Provincial Resiliency Office reminds component local government units (LGUs) to better equip their respective quarantine facilities to fully accommodate the influx of returning residents (RRs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) now that the national government eases previous COVID-19 issuances.

"We are reminding all LGUs to equip all their isolation places designated for returning residents and LSIs. Sa katunayan, may quarantine facilities na lahat ng LGUs dito sa probinsya pero ang iba ay kulang sa rooms, partitions, proper waste containers, air ventilation at iba pa," Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer IV Mr. Marcell Tabije remarked.

According to the data provided by the Provincial Health Office, almost 500 RRs and LSIs are housed in PGIN's nine isolation facilities, 238 of which have already finished their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

"Kasalukuyang nakiki-coordinate ang Ilocos Norte Tourism Office sa mga hotel and accommodation establishments sa probinsya upang gamitin bilang quarantine facility. Sakaling matuloy ang flights ng PAL [Philippine Airlines] dito sa probinsya, at least may paglalagyan tayo sa mga sakay nito," he added.

Moreover, Mr. Tabije underscored that medical frontliners are conducting daily monitoring to oversee the operations in the facilities and ensuring that persons under quarantine are strictly following isolation protocols.

Furthermore, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc pressed that there are no exceptions in undergoing mandatory self-quarantine in the province.

"Anyone returning to Ilocos Norte, if not APOR [Authorized Persons Outside Residence], will have to undergo a two-week quarantine at our facilities. That is very strict and no exceptions. We are also disallowing home quarantine, it is too risky."