Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo spearheads a consultative meeting for COVID-19 with the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government and with Kapatagan Municipal Mayor, Honorable Barry Y. Baguio, on May 13, 2020, at the Governor’s Conference in Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod.

The meeting discussed issues concerning measures that the Provincial Government must lead in order to protect the safety and health of the general public against the threat of COVID-19.

One important concern raised during the meeting is the coordination between the national line agencies and the local government units, particularly on the issue of returning OFWs.

Governor Angging strongly supported the initiative of the Inter-Agency Task Force in repatriating these OFWs back to their respective provinces. However, coordination between the National Government Agencies and the receiving Local Government Units should be established.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is the one tasked by the IATF to coordinate with the Provincial Chief Executives and the Local Chief Executives regarding the repatriation of the OFWs.

Also, the issue of some essential trucks carrying passengers that are not employees of the truck company without medical certificates and acceptance pass has been caught at the Quarantine Checkpoints, specifically in the Municipality of Linamon.

In strengthening the effort of the Provincial Government in keeping the people of Lanao del Norte safe, strict implementation of Executive Order 08, Series of 2020, is observed in all the Quarantine Checkpoints-regional and provincial.

Returning residents and students are encouraged to coordinate first with their respective municipalities before traveling back to Lanao del Norte as not to cause delay or experience inconvenience at the Quarantine Checkpoints.

Present at the meeting were AFP Brigadier General Facundo O Falapox IV of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Col Rolando D Orengo CAV (GSC) and Incoming Commander of the 5th Mechanized Battalion LTC Alfonso D Matias Jr CAV (GSC), LTC Domingo G Dulay Jr (GSC) Commander of the 4th Mechanized Battalion, PNP Provincial Director PCOL Rene Solidarios, DILG Provincial Director Bruce A. Colao.

Governor Angging was also joined by Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo, the IMT Deputy Responsible Officer and the Provincial Administrator; Lyndon G. Calica, the IMT Incident Commander and the Provincial Information Officer; Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, the IMT Deputy Incident Commander and the Provincial Health Officer, and Atty. Mark Christopher A. Babor, the Provincial Legal Officer. PIO-LDN