Governor Amado I. Espino III, on March 23, issued Executive Order 0027-2021 on the strict implementation of health protocols and guidelines in the province amidst the observance of the Lenten Season this year.
The executive order has reiterated that every Pangasinense must strictly observe minimum public health standards such as: wearing of face mask and face shield, frequent handwashing, social distancing and others.
Establishments, on the other hand, are encouraged to implement risk mitigation strategies, including: engineering controls, ventilation and contract tracing while local government units (LGUs) are urged to mobilize their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS) and strengthen their COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE).
“The provincewide curfew in the province at 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. shall be maintained,” Section 2 of the EO states.
Uniform travel protocols under Section 3 of the EO reads, “Only persons 15 to 65 years of age are allowed to travel and leave their respective residences. Those under 15 and over 65 years and others with comorbidities shall be required to stay at home, except for emergency or humanitarian cases.”
Medical certificate and travel authority are no longer required for persons traveling to and from Pangasinan, as stated by Section 3, however checkpoints manned by the Philippine National Police and other law-enforcing agencies will be maintained.
Section 3 also emphasized that passenger are subjected to symptom checks at border checkpoints while negative RT-PCR test is no longer required, except if the component LGU of destination will require the same.
The following are the allowed religious activities during the Lenten Season with 50% seating/ venue capacity, as stated in Section 4: Holy Mass; reading of Pasyon; Prayer of the Holy Rosary and prayer vigils; and other similar activities.
Meanwhile, the following activities are discouraged in the observance of the Holy Week: processions; “Alay-Lakad”; communal celebrations of Via Crucis and Stations of the Cross; kissing or touching of the holy cross during adoration and veneration of the cross; and Salubong during Easter Sunday.
The EO also states, “Commercial establishments, except those which deal with food, medicines and other basic commodities are encouraged to cease operations during the Lenten holidays.”
Section 5 of the EO noted that selling and consumption of liquor in public places, outside residences to include open terraces and backyard shall be prohibited. Moreso, operation of videoke and karaoke is also prohibited.
Cockfighting operations are also suspended from March 22 to April 4 while observance of wake or lamay will be limited to three days only with limited number of people to participate during funeral procession, Section 5 also stated.
The EO also urged barangay officials to strictly monitor communal traditions, lamay and libing within their community.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman