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Quezon province suspends classes due to threat of COVID-19

By Gemi Formaran
March 14, 2020

NO WORRIES. Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade,Jr., commander of the Armed Forces' Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) clarifies that deployment of troops to the National Capital Region would not affect its anti- insurgency campaign and Internal Security Operation, saying the number of communist insurgents in his area of responsibility continues to decrease every month. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday placed Metro Manila under community quarantine, banning travel to and from the region from March 15 to April 14 and directed the military to assist the police in the enforcement of his order. Parlade made the statement during an informal testimonial dinner with several media practitioners including Manila Bulletin editor Diego Cagahastian (left) and this writer who heads the Camp Nakar Press Corps. At his right is Ms. Merian Reyes, general manager of Star Horse Shipping Lines. (PHOTO BY GEMI FORMARAN)



LUCENA CITY - As a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, the provincial government of Quezon ordered the suspension of classes in all levels starting today until March 27.

Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez issued the order in the wake of reports that the presence of patients under investigation (PUI) in the province remains while the number of persons under monitoring (PUM) continues to increase.

Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala also issued a similar order after holding a series of meetings with concerned national and local government agencies.

Alcala also advised the students to help the government in its campaign against COVID- 19 by staying at home during the period.

IPHO-Quezon continues its campaign against COVID-19 by conducting information dissemination in various towns and even schools to prevent students from suffering such a disease.

"We will continue to conduct information campaigns in the province to keep our citizens safe from COVID-19," Santiago said.

During the regular session of Sangginiang Panlalawigan of Quezon, provincial board member Yna Liwanag who chairs the committee on health urged her colleagues in the board to continuously support the provincial government in all its health programs.

Liwanag said she keeps on coordinating with the Department of Health and IPHO to assure their preparedness against COVID-19.

Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon which has several resorts and among the most popular tourist destinations in the province was ordred closed for a while by Mayor Marita Llamas from foreign and local visitors to keep it free from the dreaded virus.

The Mauban local government temporarily closed Cagbalete island and other tourist destinations in this town from March 10 to March 23 because of the threat of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus or COVID-19.

The closing is based on Memorandum No. 038-2020 issued by the local government and based on the recommendation of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Mauban.

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This includes the temporary closure of Cagbalete Island and other tourist sites for tourists wishing to reach the town of Mauban from March 10 to 23 because of the COVID-19 threat.

According to the local Mauban government, the two weeks will help health personnel and other governmental agencies monitor the municipal situation as well as take time to prepare a long-term plan to protect local Mauban residents in disease spreads throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Lucena city government led by Mayor Roderick Alcala called an emergency meeting attended by the chief of various city government offices where the City Health Office discussed what to do as soon as possible. reporting to their office of cases showing symptoms of COVID-19.

At a meeting held in part of brgy. Over the years, the mayor said passing up to this point has not hit the city with this kind of disease.

Likewise, every Lucena should also follow all the reminders of the national government regarding ways to avoid it and areas that should not be visited.

This declaration by Mayor Dondon Alcala is to alert all vulnerable Lucenahin to this Covid-19 and also to warn everyone to take steps to prevent this kind of disease.

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