Bukidnon to go under ‘stricter’ lockdown on April 13
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/09 April 2020)—As a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, residents and non-residents of Bukidnon will not be allowed to enter the province while those who leave will not be allowed to return.
This is one of the stricter quarantine measures Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr signed in an executive order yesterday, taking effect at 5 a.m. on April 13 until midnight of April 26.
While previous guidelines barred only non-residents and allowed limited public buses to ply the provincial routes, the recent order suspends all public transport in the 14-day period. Local government units, however, may allow a number of motorela, tricycles, or multicabs to transport residents going to work or getting food.
“Buot ko nga ang tanang katawhan mouli sa ilang barangay…limitado ang lihok…isa lang ang makagawas sa pagpalit og pagkaon…” said the governor in a briefing livestreamed on DXDB Radyo Bandilyo.
(We intend for the people to go home to their barangays…and that only one member of the family will be allowed to go out to buy food.)
Trucks transporting food and supplies will be allowed as long as there are only two persons in the vehicle. The same goes with private vehicles and motorcycles that must carry only one person.
All business establishments are also ordered closed except those considered “essential.”
These include groceries and supermarkets; water refilling stations; food and other delivery services; hospitals and pharmacies; banks, credit cooperatives, and money transfer services; gas and LPG stations; funeral parlors; and public utility services.
Government offices, which are already operating under three-day workweek since March 24, are ordered to go on a skeletal workforce. However, those in security, social services, disaster, health, and sanitation are required to remain on full operations.
The order also required local government units to provide free transportation to employees providing basic services.
Bukidnon is the only province in Northern Mindanao that remains free from coronavirus. However, as of April 8, the Provincial Health Office has recorded 38 persons under investigation and 1,347 under monitoring.