CAGAYAN DE ORO

Health office to profile 500 attendees of church service

THE City Health Office (CHO) of Cagayan de Oro will conduct profiling of 500 people who attended the church service on Sunday, April 5, amid the community quarantine.

Dr. Lorraine Nery, the CHO officer-in-charge, said they have coordinated with the Philippine National Police in obtaining the list of the attendees.

“Ato gyud nang paningkamotan nga makuha nato na nga mga lista from their group mismo and at the same time kay ato na siyang i-locate kun asa ni sila nga mga kabarangayan,” Nery said.

Nery said that despite there were no reports of persons under monitoring (PUMs), persons under investigation (PUIs) or Covid-positive persons in the 500 attendees, they will still go on with the procedure of evaluating and validating their travel history.

“Diha sa ta magsugod ayha nato sila mo-second step kun kailangan ba gyud i-quaratine sila,” Neru said.

“We still have to do profiling but rest assured nga kailangan gyud nato kuhaon ang ilang lista ug i-locate nato kun asa ni sila nga mga lugar,” she added.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno, for his part, asked for an apology that they “had to enforce the law,” however he hopes that people will understand that they had no options but to arrest the pastor as he still held a Sunday worship service despite the repeated requests to stop from the authorities.

Moreno said that while he respects religious freedom, the government had to act in terms of public health safety.

“Mangayo ko og pasaylo nga arrests had to be made and I hope nga si pastor would understand also the duty of government to protect the safety and the health of the community,” Moreno said.

Pastor Alfred Caslam, founder of Word of God Spirit and Life Ministries, was nabbed at the church in Capistrano Street, Cagayan de Oro City, after holding its Sunday worship service despite warnings from police.


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