ALL Covid-19 response operations and basic services in Misamis Oriental were suspended until July 19, 2020 following the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) that stopped the Provincial Government from using its 2020 budget.
The TRO was issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24, signed by Judge Vincent Rosales. It was received by Governor Yevgeny Emano's office on June 29.
According to Emano, the TRO stemmed from the case filed by Vice Governor Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez and Board Members Jerry Khu and Josephine Mugot.
"We are saddened upon receiving the said order especially during this time of Covid-19 pandemic," said Emano in his official statement.
"We at the Provincial Capitol are really doing our best to serve the public particularly on battling the spread of Covid-19 in Misamis Oriental," he added.
Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 spokesperson Jeffrey Saclot, in his Facebook post, said the TRO has made the delivery of basic services and Covid-19 response operations difficult for the Provincial Government.
These include the management of returning overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals and the "Libreng Sakay" for Northern Mindanao Medical Center health care workers.
The governor assured that the Provincial Government will continue to serve the Misamisnons with all available technical assistance.
"With all these challenges, we are humbly asking your support that all will be well for us to better serve the public, for us to function especially in this time of the Covid pandemic," Emano said.
"We also ask for your understanding for this seeming disruption of continuous public service and support to all our undertakings," he added.