To properly inform the municipalities of the newly issued Provincial Ordinance on COVID-19, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte headed by Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, recently convened with all Municipal Health Officers (MHO) and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMO) at the Provincial Multi-Purpose Gym, Capitol grounds, Pigcaranan, Tubod.
 
Provincial Ordinance No. 03-2021 is an ordinance further amending certain provisions of the Provincial Ordinance No. 10-2020, ‘An ordinance providing for the guidelines maintaining vital health protocols in the entire province of Lanao del Norte to fight the spread of COVID-19 and for other purposes.
 
Governor Angging sees the importance of still observing health rules to suppress the spike of infections for the protection of all the people of Lanao del Norte.
 
“Vaccines are not cure, they are just preventive measures. If we do not want to go back to ECQ, we should work together and follow health protocols for the benefit of all”, Governor Angging said.
 
Atty. Mark Christopher Babor presided over the meeting and thoroughly discussed the provisions of the new ordinance or guidelines and health protocols for Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), Travelers, Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), and Returning Residents of the province in order to monitor or facilitate the movement of the people within, into and from Lanao del Norte.
 
Also present during the meeting to shed more light on the new ordinance was the Incident Management Commander of PGLDN-Incident Management Team, Mr. Lyndon G. Calica, LDNPPO Operations Officer PMaj. Rodolfo Dongiapon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Ms. Annabelle Mendez, Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Marujeta Opamen, and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Ms. Abeliza Manzano.
 
Quarantine Control Points are strategically placed along the borders of Lanao del Norte to monitor people going in and out. Aside from the PNP, Philippine Red Cross personnels will be stationed at the QCP for initial symptoms screening.
 
“LGUs play a vital role in improving our current situation. The goal is to maintain what we have been working for 1 year and this is to hoping that for the coming months, our COVID-19 cases will significantly lower”, Atty. Babor said. PIO-LDN