WITH the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine that includes the town of Hinoba-an, the said local government unit led by Mayor Ernesto Estrao has ordered the closure of its borders to prevent unnecessary access from outsiders and departure of its citizens on the trail of the coronavirus pandemic.
Estrao and his fellow officials target a zero person under monitoring (PUM) from the downward record of 380 persons on March 29 to 217 as of March 31.
PUMs are closely monitored and they are being taken care of by the barangay health workers and by the barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs).
Since they lack the income now, the local government supplies them food until they fully recover.
At present, Hinoba-an has no patient under investigation (PUI) and for the local government unit (LGU) to maintain zero PUI status, they have to close their borders wherein the mayor has issued an executive order for border closure to signal the meaning of his directive that “nobody gets in and nobody gets out” so that the people of Hinoba-an will stay in Hinoba-an within the duration of the ECQ.
The LGU has released its food subsidy to of almost 9,000 families who are identified as poorest of the poor.
The big families get seven kilos of rice with canned goods while 5 kilos are given to average size families.
The LGU also ordered the stoppage of deep-sea fishing operators from entering the Hinoba-an territorial waters.
This is also to avoid possible contamination of the virus as a deep-sea fishing vessel maintains a workforce of 10 people going around the shores to catch fishes. And to be sure, the operators were barred from entering the town’s shores.