Espino orders preventive and safety measures, cancels classes for one month

March 21, 2020 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment


 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 LINGAYEN- Pangasinan Governor Amado I. Espino III ordered preventive and safety measures to avert and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province through Executive Order No. 0012-2020 dated March 13.

 The Order was issued after an Inter-Agency Consultation Meeting on March 13, 2020 held at the Provincial Training Center, which was attended by various stakeholders to include the Liga Ng Barangay, League of Municipal Mayors, Municipal Health Officers, Department Heads of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Education (DepEd).

 The Order cancels classes in all levels from March 16, 2020 to April 12, 2020 whether public or private. Schools, however, may employ mechanisms so that students can continue to fulfill their educational requirements within the said period and that families shall be responsible in ensuring their respective students to remain in their homes during the said period.

 School activities which draw crowds or large number of participants or attendees are also suspended/postponed to include, but not limited to promenades, JS prom, social nights, graduation balls, and foundation day celebrations.

 Espino said  these measures will ensure the safety of students in limiting their movements.

 Along with the suspension of classes, Suspension/postponement of public gatherings in barangays, municipalities, and component cities which draw a large number of people are also suspended/postponed such as the celebration of barangay fiestas and festivities, barangay assemblies, town/city fiestas, reunions, trade fairs, carnivals, balikbayan affairs, concerts, fund raising events, and other public events to ensure “social distancing”.

 He said that the annual Pistay Dayat celebration in April will be also suspended indefinitely together with that of Bangus Festival in Dagupan City, after consulting City Mayor Brian Lim.

 Espino also encouraged the private sector to enforce preventive and safety measures in corresponding workspaces like close monitoring of employees, use of thermal scanners, and provisions of alcohols or hand sanitizers in the ingress/egress of work establishments.


Other measures included in the Order are : Employers and heads of agencies are encouraged to consider the implementation of 4-day workweek in lieu of working 5 days a week, provided, that the 40-hour weekly quota shall be met by employing necessary work arrangements such as flexi-time and compensatory time-offs:

 Mass public transportation i.e. bus companies are required to implement safety measures in terminals and vehicles, including the provision of alcohols or hand sanitizers and the use of thermal scanners upon entry.

 Passengers with above normal body temperatures and exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 contraction may be denied entry to the public transport. Such passengers shall be referred to the nearest medical centers for diagnosis and treatment;

 Influx of people coming home to the provinces due to the community quarantine imposed in Metro Manila, Barangay Officials and their respective Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) are requested to monitor their constituents who came from Metro Manila for possible contractions of COVID-19;

 Barangay Officials are likewise requested to produce a list of names of the constituents who came from Metro Manila, as well as from overseas (OFWs). The lists shall be submitted to the corresponding Municipal Health Officers;

 Visitors and residents of Metro Manila and other provinces, and OFWs, returning balikbayans, tourists, both local and foreign who recently arrived in the Province are directed to conduct self-quarantine for fourteen (14) in their respective homes and to avail medical assistance immediately if symptoms of COVID-19 infection is suspected; and

 The immediate reporting of suspected COVID-19 infection. Hotlines of the PHO and PNP are open on a 24 hours. However, authors of prank or malicious calls or reports shall be dealt with legally.

 Pangasinan is at present still a COVID-19 free province.

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