Two governors of Caraga Region and representatives signed yesterday a resolution requesting the Department of Health, the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of Quarantine, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Maritime Industry Authority, the Bureau of Immigration, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to identify a national anchorage and common quarantine area for all vessels which travelled from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taipei entering the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.
The document signed by Governor Francisco “Lalo” Matugas of Surigao del Norte and Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao of Dinagat Islands also asks the said agencies to undertake the necessary protocols concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or CORVID-19 in the designated areas prior to the vessels’ entry to the three provinces.
The Governors meeting was held yesterday at the conference room of the governor’s office in Surigao del Norte. Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel was represented by Provincial Administrator Pedro Trinidad with different national government agencies, law enforcement organizations, and mining companies operating in the three provinces to discuss protocols in screening mining vessels coming from China and other countries affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or CORVID-19. (with Maryjul Espuerta and Jeff Crisostomo)