In a statement on the issue of quarantine protocol surrounding the handling of Bicol #82, Governor Joseph C. Cua sought the patience and understanding of the public after hospital officials drew flak from netizens for the non-admission of the San Miguel Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC).
Aside from the 39-year old single mother’s specimen, the batch included members of her family in barangay Caragñag and a number of people with whom she had contact with since her arrival, including LGU personnel and other frontliners.
This was learned by the Tribune following the arrival last Sunday, June 12, 2020, of yet another OFW, a male from Baras town, from Metro Manila at the port of Virac.
In two days, on June 19, it will be the 159th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal. Surely, Catandunganons know of the national hero. But it should warm their hearts to be informed that Rizal also knew of Catanduanes, and in glowing terms. This can be gleaned from Rizal’s “Annotation of Morga’s ‘Sucesos de las Islas Filipina’”, published in 1889.
“By imposing localized lockdowns in specific areas within their jurisdiction, LGUs must have already organized their QRTs which shall swiftly and efficiently assist in the proper management of the Covid-19 situation in those areas,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
Ranelle Anne M. Sertan, DSWD Bicol Kalahi-CIDSS regional social marketing officer, said that DROP is a modified Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) to respond the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
On June 9, 2020, joint elements of the Bato police station and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Catanduanes (CIDG) collared businessman Jaime Vergara Besa, Jr., in barangay Sipi.
Joint elements of the Virac municipal police station, the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit/Regional Special Operations Unit-Regional Intelligence Division Catanduanes (RPDEU/RSOU-RID) and the Catanduanes Provincial Intelligence Unit (CATPIU), headed by Lt Noe Balantes, conducted the buy-bust operation at 6:40 P.M. of June 9, 2020 at Gogon Sirangan along the road bordering the river.
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), it started the delivery of the seeds and fertilizers recently and as of June 9, 2020, 712 bags of hybrid rice seeds in four varieties have been delivered to rice farmers in all 11 towns along with 300 bags of urea fertilizer in time for the 2020 wet cropping season.
PPOC chairman Gov. Joseph Cua asked the council members to sign voluntarily, noting that it was not a resolution.