Governor Amado I. Espino III issued Executive Order 0012-2020 otherwise known as as “An Order Implementing Preventive and Safety Measures to Address the Threat of COVID-10 in the Province of Pangasinan” on Friday, March 13.
The executive order suspends the classes in all levels, both in public and private, from March 16 to April 12.
It was also clarified that schools may utilize mechanisms so students can still accomplish their requirements.
Likewise, all school activities that may draw big crowd such as promenades, social nights, graduation balls, and foundation day celebration are also suspended.
The EO also states the suspension of public gathering such in barangays, municipalities, and cities like the barangay and town fiestas and festivities, barangay assemblies, reunions, trade fairs, carnivals, balikbayan affairs, concerts, and fund raising events.
The said executive order was issued after the emergency meeting with concerned national government agencies and local leaders on Friday morning after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced on his Address to the Nation the Resolution No. 11, Series of 2020 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, raising the Code Alert System for COVID-19 Public Health Event to Code Red Sublevel Two (2) on March 12 evening.
“We are talking about the lives of three million,” said Governor Espino during the meeting.
EO No. 0012-2020 also encourages private sectors to enforce preventive and safety measures in work places including the monitoring of employees, use of health equipment like thermal scanners and alcohols.
In addition to this, the executive order also requires all mass public transportations to implement safety measures. Passengers with above normal body temperatures and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may be denied entry and shall be referred to the nearest medical center for diagnosis.
Following the immunity quarantine of Metro Manila, Governor Espino requested barangay officials and their emergency response team (RMTs) to monitor their constituents from Metro Manila.
Barangay Officials are also required to have a list of names who came from Metro Manila including overseas workers to be submitted to Municipal Health Officers.
During the emergency meeting, the Governor Espino ordered the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office to assist in the monitoring of all entry points in the province.
The EO 0012-2020 also states that all visitors from Metro Manila and other provinces are enjoined to self-quarantine for fourteen days in their respective homes. Medical assistance will be given if symptoms of COVID-19 is suspected.
All suspected COVID-19 patients should also be reported immediately.
“We will do our best para maalagaan natin ang ating mga kakabayan. I-gather natin lahat ng kanilang mga pangangailangan and we will do our best to provide ang mga iyan,” said Governor Espino.
The inter-agency consultation meeting was attended by the Liga ng Barangay, League of Municipal Mayors, Municipal Health Officers, Department Heads of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, the PNP, PPODO, DOH, DILG, and DepEd.
/Paula Jhea Sison