SAN EMILIO, Ilocos Sur, Apr. 5 (PIA) - The local government unit (LGU) of San Emilio placed the entire municipality under extreme enhanced community quarantine from April 4 to 18, 2020 in order to totally control movement of individuals and conveyances within the area.
In the Executive Order No. 14 s. of 2020 issued by Mayor Joey Warren Bragado, he said that the decision was made on March 31 during the consultative meeting with punong barangays and the Municipal COVID-19 Task Force.
With the extreme enhanced community quarantine in placed, no person shall be allowed to enter and go out in the municipality except accredited health workers; peace and order and emergency personnel of the government; and those officially authorized by the local chief executive to buy necessities, medicines of their constituents and members of the Municipal COVID-19 Task Force.
Delivery cargoes, though unhampered, must be subjected with health screening and must present valid company ID with three passengers including the driver.
All agricultural products (local products) must carry food lane pass issued by the Municipal Agriculturist and with accompanying health certificate and municipal pass/travel permit with maximum of one passenger and driver is allowed.
They will not be quarantined by the Municipal Health Officers unless symptoms of COVID-19 is present.
Also allowed to go in and out of the municipality are those with health emergency cases and other personnel authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
During the extreme enhanced community quarantine, all residents and non-residents who are staying in the municipality are advised to strictly observe the "Stay at Home" policy wherein nobody is allowed to go out in their respective residence unless during emergency and farming activities that is very necessary.
In case necessities of households are needed to be purchased, only the barangay officials will be allowed to go out and purchase necessities once a week.
Returning residents are required to stay where they are and not to return home until the COVID-19 crisis has ended.
Any person who roam at any time of the day or night is also prohibited.
The Philippine National Police, barangay tanods, and all persons in authority are directed to question the presence of any person found outside their homes and if unauthorized, order them to return to their residence.
Those who refuse to comply will be subjected to both criminal and appropriate action in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Warrantless arrest can be made if a person assaults, bribes or slanders the law enforcers.
Further, no selling and drinking of intoxicating drinks during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Any violation on the said liquor ban will be dealt accordingly as provided by law.
Meanwhile, the LGU requested the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Ilocos for an assistance in transporting tons of bell pepper from the municipality to the La Trinidad Trading Post as a support to the local farmers.
The DA-Region 1 responded quickly by entrusting a truck that can haul 5.3 tons of bell pepper harvested.
This assistance is part of the DA's services provided to small farmers whose agricultural products is mostly from the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture or AMIA villages.
Earlier, the LGU also bought three tons of bell pepper from the farmers and distributed these to the barangays. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)