CHO: No coordination on 'no travel/quarantine pass, no travel' policy

THE City Health Office (CHO) of Cagayan de Oro said Wednesday, April 15, there was no official coordination from the Provincial Government of its new executive order causing a surge of people to visit the health office.

This was reported by Dr. Ma. Magdalena Juan of the city health cluster who contacted CHO Officer-in-Charge Dr. Lorraine Nery regarding the issue.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental issued an executive order (EO) that strictly implements the no home quarantine pass or no road/travel pass, no travel policy.

The EO states that no person is allowed to enter Misamis Oriental or pass through any of its quarantine control points or checkpoints unless he/she presents a home quarantine pass or a road/travel pass.

This caused several people to flock to the City Health Office and health centers to ask for a health certificate.

"Ang home quarantine pass nga gi-require adto nga EO sa Misamis Oriental nagbutang man gud sa ubos nga certified pud nga non-Covid PUM and PUI. So considering sa bag-ong classification nato sa DOH (Department of Health), nga murag gi-consider naman ta tanan nga PUM karon, unless tested dili gyud ta kaingon nga non-Covid," Juan said.

"So mao na karon nga ang mahatag sa atong City Health Office is katong regular nga medical certification nga fit to travel ang isa ka tao," she added.

Juan also clarified that the CHO is not collecting the P225 fee but rather the P50 required for medical certification.

The P175, she said, is the minimum cost for x-ray outside of CHO as the health office does not have its own x-ray.

Mayor Oscar Moreno, for his part, said that as far as the local level is concerned, the different set of guidelines in each local government unit cannot be avoided.

"Mao kana precisely ang rason nganong before I issued the community quarantine order, ako gyung gihangyo ang mga provincial governments of both Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon nga kun mahimo, let's come up with a harmonize implementation," Moreno said.

"Lisod kaayo nga ang syudad we would have our own set of guidelines

sunod dili nako pasudlon ang taga Misamis Oriental both sa eastern side ug sa western side kay ngano ang resulta niana buakon nako ang probinsya into two," he added.

Moreno said that he preferred for the checkpoints to be situated in Lugait on the western side and Magsaysay on the eastern side, as this will not unduly restrict the travel within Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro.


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