Inatasan ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Cagayan at Isabela na pansamantala munang tanggalin ang kanilang quarantine restrictions upang makapasok ang mga rescuers, relief workers, at media sa mga sinalantang komunidad ni Bagyong Ulysses.
Ayon sa pahayag ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, “Existing (local government) requirements related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic should not hamper or delay the entry, passage, or operations of all government and private sector humanitarian assistance and response personnel.”
Ibinaba ang utos na ito matapos makarating sa gobyerno ang ulat na hindi pinayagang makapasok ang relief at media organizations sa Cagayan at Isabela dahil na rin sa itinakdang quarantine restrictions ng parehong lugar.
“The situation in Cagayan requires unhampered disaster response and recovery operations by rescue and relief organizations. Therefore, all LGUs (local government units) in Cagayan and Isabela should ease up access in their areas to facilitate disaster operations,” pahayag ni Sec. Año.
Pinayuhan din ni Sec. Año ang local arm ng Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases na nasa kanila umano ang desisyon kung tatanggalin ang quarantine restrictions sa kani-kanilang lugar. Pinaalalahanan din ni Sec. Año ang responders at media na sumunod pa rin sa minimum health standards at magsuot ng face mask at face shield habang nasa lugar.
“The mayors know best the situation in their areas, so they should use their sound discretion in lifting the restrictions, but always implement the minimum health standards in the conduct of relief operations,” paalala ni Sec. Año.
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