The City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases convened today to discuss urgent matters as the imposition of the Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ is supposed to end tomorrow (July 15).

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s IATF-EID, presided this afternoon’s meeting with the heads and representatives of various government agencies.

The Philippine Coast Guard presented an advisory dated July 8, 2020 by Coast Guard District Central Visayas Commander Joseph Badajos, which reiterated that the total suspension on the transport of Locally Stranded Individuals in the Province of Cebu, Mactan Island and Dumaguete City of Region 7 remains in effect unless terminated by higher authorities.

And amid some requests for reconsideration, the City’s IATF-EID maintains that the local health protocols for Locally Stranded Individuals, Returning Overseas Filipinos, OFWs and even the Authorized Persons Outside of Residence or APORs shall remain especially with the rising COVID-19 cases in Cebu and Metro Manila.

As required by the City IATF-EID “every person entering the territory of Negros Oriental by land, sea and air with Dumaguete City as the ultimate destination shall submit a negative RT-PCR test result (released not more than 72 hours prior to travel), procure a Certificate of Acceptance from the City of Dumaguete and undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in a facility designated for the purpose.”

Mayor Remollo noted that there were some instances when APORs and other LSIs, who bypassed the requirements, tested positive after they arrived thus endangering the health and safety of the people not only in Dumaguete City but the entire province.

Meanwhile, the City’s IATF-EID is scouting for suitable Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facility as required by the Department of Health and other possible quarantine facilities for incoming LSIs, ROFs, OFWs and even APORs.

Finally, City Schools Division Supt. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde presented the plans for the safe opening of classes in all public schools next month.