A senior official from the province of Misamis Oriental has confirmed that the province has now six sonfirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) but the provincial government has assured that it can manage the influx of returning residents.
Atty. Jeffrey Caudor Saclot, the provincial inter-agency task force spokesperson, said that “if there is a surge, the province can handle it.”
Saclot said all the 23 towns, including the two component cities in the province are prepared for the arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
Aside from the provincial government initiative, Saclot said the municipal and city governments have set up quarantine facilities for the arriving persons and isolation units for those tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a recent interview, Erick Cañosa, the mayor of Gingoog, one of the province’s component cities, said they have the capacity to accommodate incoming residents.
“We have prepared for the new arrivals. We will heartily accept them because they are from Gingoog,” he said.
Gingoog has recorded three Covid-19 cases, two of whom, a 30-year-old man and his one-year-old child, have already recovered. Both were asymptomatic.
Gingoog’s latest Covid-10 case is a 22-year-old male who arrived from Cebu City on June 19. He tested positive June 21.
The third Gingoog patient is the fifth Covid-19 case in the province.
Rey Buhisan, Magsaysay town mayor and chapter president of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines in Misamis Oriental, said the challenge for local government officials is how they can swiftly respond to arriving residents, especially those located far from the Laguindingan Airport.
“With the limited resources that we have, we are trying our best to sustain our support to our returning residents. And once they are PUM [persons under monitoring], we will support them through food assistance,” he added.
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