Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino encouraged all the local government units in the Visayas to impose such measures before the cases of COVID-19 gets worst in the region. Following the advisory issued by Secretary Dino, more LGU’s adopted the police by issuing their own Executive Orders to protect their constituents.
Here are some of the LGUs that was monitored by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas who adopted the said advisory: Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia (EO 5K) Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella (EO 059) Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Ahong Chan (Announcement) Bohol Governor Atty. Arthur Yap (EO 16) Larena, Siquijor Mayor Dean Villa (EO 17) Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo (EO 13) Baybay City, Leyte Mayor Jose Carlos Cari (EO 55) Pambujan, Northern Samar Felipe Sosing (EO 31) In relation to the move of more LGUs adopting the said advisory, hospitals and doctors in Cebu have expressed their support stating that seniors are the most at-risk age group in this pandemic battle.
“We support the measure to keep seniors inside as they are the most at-risk age group. Hospital containment floors are rapidly filling up. We hope that this doesn’t happen but in the event that there is a surge and there are not enough ventilators, the doctors will have to make the difficult decision on whose life to save. That ventilator will likely go to a younger person- and not to our parents or grandparents,” said Candice Gotianuy, President of UCMed (University of Cebu Medical Center).
Dr. Pureza Onate, the medical director of Perpetual Succor Hospital stated that even the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States proved that “people who are at higher risk for severe disease and death from the COVID 19 virus are those who are older and with underlying health conditions.” She added that Secretary Dino’s mandate is very compassionate to the elderly, “It is indeed a very compassionate mandate for Sec. Dino to call for SENIORS to stay home.”
Chong Hua Hospital, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Joanne Cosin described the move of Secretary Dino as prudent and timely. “They face a potentially life-threatening risk if infected with the novel coronavirus, which has caused deaths of 60-plus-year-olds stretching across the cities of China to the metropolises of Italy and now the United States. Thus CHH totally supports this timely, prudent and compassionate move by Sec. Dino.”
“CVGH supports this important advisory of Sec. Dino for the call to those who are 65-years and older to stay at home as they are the ones at the highest risk of acquiring the severe form of the COVID infection with a high fatality rate. We hope that this move will help flatten the curve of the rising number of infected cases and deaths,” said Dr. Ma. Lourdes Chan of the Cebu Velez General Hospital. Cebu Doctors’ Group of Hospitals’ President and Chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III also asked the public to let the frontliners flatten the curve while they stay in their homes.
“We appreciate every move of our Government Officials to a more heightened security and preventive measures just to flatten the curve. We, healthcare workers, cannot fight this pandemic alone, we need everybody’s cooperation. Our battle cry is one, we stayed at work for you, please stay at home for us,” said Dr. Larrazabal.
Under the Section 2 of the Memorandum No. 8 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte Secretary Dino stated that “all department, bureaus, offices, agencies, or instrumentalities of the government, including Government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCC) and Government Financial Institutions (GFI), are hereby directed to render full assistance and cooperation to the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas as may be required to carry out his functions pursuant to this Order.
LGUs are also encouraged to give assistance to the Presidential Assistant as the circumstances may require.” As of 22 March 2020, 4:00PM, a total of 380 individuals were tested positive in the country while 25 died.
Out of the confirmed cases more than a hundred of which are within the 61-90 age group.