SOFRONIO ESPAÑOLA, Palawan — Mayor Marsito Acoy here ended his 14-day quarantine period as person under monitoring after arriving home from Manila on March 12, 2020.

Acoy ended his quarantine on March 26, his wife Gelen Acoy told Palawan News on Friday.

She said her husband did not manifest any symptom that would flag him as a person under investigation (PUI).

“Nagsimula agad ang kanyang monitoring on March 13 at nagtapos na ito ngaydong March 26. Kaya humihingi kami ng pasensya sa mga kababayan namin kung hindi nakakalabas ang ating mayor,” she said.

“Pero sinisikap niyang maging maganda at maayos ang food packing at distribution sa mga kababayan natin. Lagi naman siyang tumatawag sa social welfare and development office at sa MDRRMO (Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office),” Gelen added.

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Acoy traveled to Manila to attend the 2020 League of Municipalities from March 9-12.

Cathy Barroma, nurse II of the Municipal Health Office (MHO) of the town, said Acoy did not exhibit any symptoms related to COVID-19.

“Sa intervention natin kay mayor ay okay ang pakiramdam niya simula noong March 13 hanggang ngayong March 26. End na ang home quarantine ni mayor at wala naman tayong nakitang pagbabago sa temperatura niya,” she said.

“Ganoon pa man pinag-iingat pa rin natin si mayor na medyo i-limit ang encounter niya sa labas kasi nga medyo may edad na si mayor at senior citizen na,” Barroma added.

Food support

As of March 27, more than 5,000 food packs of rice and other groceries were repacked here and delivered to 9 barangays composed of the same number of households.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) chief Grace dela Torre said another batch of 5,000 food packs will be dispatched on the first week of April.

“Mayroon na tayong 5,000 na food packs ang diniliber sa 9 na barangays ng Sofronio Española para sa unang batch natin. Susunod na naman na pagbibigay ay unang linggo ng April. Tuloy-tuloy ang dating ng sako ng bigas natin at na-turn over na natin ang mga foodpacks sa mga barangays. Tuloy-tuloy ang repacking natin para sa second cycle of distribution,” Dela Torre said to Palawan News.

“Sa orientation natin sa mga barangays, uunahon muna yong mga talagang nangangailangan — yong mga nawalan ng trabaho. Pero lahat mabibigyan,” she assured.

The LGU spent P3 million from its quick response fund (QRF) to purchase the goods for distribution.

 

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is the news correspondent for Sofronio Española and Narra, Palawan. He also covers some agriculture stories. His interests are with food and technology.