Jul 10, 2020

Province seeks DILG clarification of inter-town travel ban

Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Winston Arzaga noted that there is “confusion” among local government units on the order and the current ban on inter-municipal travel.

The Provincial Government of Palawan (PGP) is seeking clarification from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on its recent memorandum to allow people caught in place by the lockdown to travel back to their homes.

Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Winston Arzaga noted that there is “confusion” among local government units on the order and the current ban on inter-municipal travel.

“Itong kautusan nila ay hinihingian natin ng clarification kasi marami ang nalito kasi nag-lockdown na why there will be a movement pa,” Arzaga said.

“Nagtransfer tayo last week pero natapos ng maaga kasi nag-lockdown na ang Puerto Princesa City. Based sa Memorandum ng DILG ay dapat magtulungan ang mga LGUs para mai-transfer sila,” he added.

Meanwhile, Arzaga also urged local government units to assist stranded and displaced workers in their town.

“Ang kinakailangan talaga dyan sa kanila ay support system. Ibig sabihin ay dapat alagaan muna sila ng kanilang host municipality or city,” he said.

“For example dyan sa El Nido ang daming workers dyan na nakatulong sa progress ng El Nido. Siguro naman ang LGU doon ay tulungan din in gratitude sa mga ganitong pagkakataon,” he added.

He said that the provincial government is willing to provide assistance to the municipalities who are provide basic needs of the stranded Palaweños.

“Kung pwede ay ganon na suporta muna habang naghihintay tayo [na matapos ang ECQ]. Madali naman gawan ng paraan kung kinapos na ang host municipality,” he said.

Arzaga said that they have already distributed food packs in island towns such as Balabac, Linapacan, Araceli, Agutaya, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo.

“Ang mga food packs ay naka two rounds na tayo. Inuna ang mga malalayong lugar kasi mga naka preposition agad ‘yan ‘yong mga bigas at canned goods. Kapag may pangangailangan pa ay susundan po ‘yan,” he said.

“‘Yong mga kababayan natin na nandyan sa mga boarding houses sana ay maabutan but we are not really certain,” Arzaga added.

Salary and Incentives

Arzaga said Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez also issued a memorandum directing the provincial administrator to fast-track the release of the salary of job order and contractual employees, including the incentives of the daycare workers and barangay health worker (BHWs).

“Yong sa mga personnel natin dito sa capitol ay nagbaba na ng memorandum si Gob na inuutusan ang provincial administrator na pabilisin ang pasahod pati na ‘yong mga binigyan ng incentives tulad ng day care worker at BHW,” he said.

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