THE Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has adopted a resolution urging the concerned agencies and local government units (LGUs) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Barmm) to initiate measures to prevent the entry of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) in the Barmm areas.
The resolution was approved in a regular session of the BTA on Friday, January 31, held in Cotabato City.
Lawyer Ziaur-Rahman Alonto-Adiong, one of its authors, said the resolution was adopted to mobilize concerned ministries and LGUs within BARMM to formulate preventive measures in order to protect the constituents from the reach of the epidemic.
The other authors of the resolution aside from Adiong were BTA speaker Ali Pangalian Balindong, Lawyer Omar Yasser Sema, and Engineer Don Mustapha Loong.
“The Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament is fully aware of the threat of 2019-nCov on the safety of our public,” Adiong said.
The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) has also issued a memorandum on Friday, January 31, directing all the LGUs in the region to take all measures necessary to prevent the entry and or spread of the virus in the Barmm.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education will also conduct public awareness campaign about the 2019-nCoV ARD.
The health ministry will also distribute appropriate masks, disinfectants, and other hygiene kits.
The 2019-nCov ARD is an acute respiratory disease that was first detected on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China.
Aside from China, the virus has spread in 16 other countries.
On Thursday, January 30, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first person-to-person 2019-nCoV ARD case in the Philippines — a 38-year old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China. (SunStar Zamboanga)