Acting on reliable information, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo refused to allow the docking and disembarkation of the crew of a passenger/cargo ship from Dipolog at the City Port, as some of the ship’s crew tested positive of COVID-19 based on the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) that was conducted also in Dipolog.

Mayor Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, said that the decision was geared towards protecting the residents of Dumaguete City and the larger community of Negros Oriental from possible transmission of COVID-19.

Both City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla and PPA Port Manager Atty. Sarah Mijares, Vice-Chairperson and member of the City’s IATF, respectively, concurred to the decision of Mayor Remollo.

It was also recommended that the infected crew should undergo confirmatory RT-PCR tests and be quarantined in an isolation facility in Dipolog or elsewhere.

The PPA and the Philippine Coast Guard implemented the order of Mayor Remollo and denied the ship’s entry and docking at the Dumaguete Port. It was learned that the ship is returning to its port of origin in Dipolog with recommendation for change of crew and vessel disinfection.