Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez Declares State of Calamity Due to Coronavirus Threat
PALAWAN – The government of Palawan declared a state of calamity due to the coronavirus threat.
On Wednesday, March 18, the head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health, Noel Orosco said Palawan is free from novel coronavirus cases. In a previous article, a 37-year-old PUI in Palawan died while waiting for his COVID-19 test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
On Friday, March 20, the province of Palawan was placed under a state of calamity due to the coronavirus threat. Sangguniang Panlalawigan ordered and acted on the proposal of Governor Jose Alvarez.
Based on the press release of Palawan Public Information Office, this will allow the province of Palawan to use the P100 million trust fund of the provincial government and the P150 million quick response fund from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).
The funds will be used to combat the spread of the virus from China and to respond to the effects of the crisis. The PDRRMC said the province currently has 49 PUI for COVID-19 as of Saturday at 8 a.m.
On Friday, Governor Alvarez issued comprehensive directives regarding the “enhanced community quarantine” in Luzon. Among his directives is the creation of the Provincial Commercial Trade Task Group to ensure the supply of goods from Manila to Palawan.
Mayors and barangay chairman were also ordered to cooperate to make sure that the community quarantine in their province is strictly implemented.
The declaration of a state of calamity will help the barangay and local government units to use the funds to help the residents affected by the pandemic.
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