May 18, 2020


The 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, acknowledged the presence of COVID 19 TWG spokesperson Dr. Yul Lopez in their second regular session for the month of May. It can be recalled that members of the city council requested in the previous session that a member of the PEMA and/or a member of the Covid 19 TWG be present in today’s session in order to provide the City updates on the Provincial Government’s plans and programs for the incoming OFWs and LSIs stranded in Cebu, Manila, Mindanao and other parts of the country.Dr. Lopez, being the TWG spokesperson, accepted the invitation and appreciated the efforts of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in reaching out to the Provincial Emergency Management Administration for COVID 19 to discuss how the City Government can further assist the Provincial Government especially as we will be expecting more OFWs to be coming home in the next coming weeks. Lopez reported that as of today, 59 swab test results have been received already, 58 out of 59 have been reported as negative. We are still expecting the 6 remaining test results. To date, there are 17 OFWs quarantined in Mercedarian Retreat House in Dauis, 48 OFWs in Crabhouse in Tagbilaran and 51 OFWs in The Story in Danao, Panglao. There is no advisory yet if there will be another batch of OFWS coming home in the next few days. Dr. Lopez also shared the plan of the Provincial Government to bring back the locally stranded Boholanos in Cebu. There will be 2 Boholano Doctors and 2 Medical technologists who will supervise the return of the stranded Boholanos in Cebu. Returning Boholanos need to:1.) Secure certification from their local health officials that they have undergone the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.2.) Have a negative result from the PCR test or alternatively a negative result from the rapid antibody test. 3.) Medical Certificate that they have undergone physical examination from the Boholano doctors4.) Signed Affidavit of undertaking that they will submit themselves to be quarantined in the designated facilities in Bohol5.) Enroll their names, municipalities and other details through for easier coordination with the respective municipal mayors. Dr. Lopez said that they will announce the location of the testing area once they finalized it. He also asked for consideration from Boholanos stranded in Manila and Mindanao as they are still working on the details on how the provincial government can safely bring them back home.

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