SAN VICENTE, Palawan — Municipal authorities here have imposed a strict lockdown on the town, following reports that an Australian tourist who had tested positive for COVID-19 had recently spent time in Barangay Port Barton, a popular local destination.

Mayor Amy Alvarez ordered Saturday the Multi-agency Task Force San Vicente (MTFSV) headed by Orlando Estoya to step up its implementation of the lockdown in Port Barton and the whole municipality after the announcement regarding the COVID-19 positive patient on March 21.

Estoya was specifically ordered to strictly implement the enforcement of Executive Order No. 48 issued by Governor Jose Alvarez on March 18, directing the provincial police to prohibit inter-municipal travel.

Estoya was also ordered by Mayor Alvarez to strictly enforce the denial of exit of residents of Port Barton and regulate those in other barangays.

“[Port] Barton is on lockdown already, no one goes in or out. Sinabi ko na kay kapitan [Daniel] Latube early this morning na wala talagang makapasok sa Kemdeng (or Brgy. New Villa Fria) from [Port] Barton,” the San Vicente mayor said.

“Whole of San Vicente naman lockdown since na-declare ni president,” she added.

The lockdown is also by virtue of Executive Order No. 44 issued by her office.

Estoya said, on the other hand, that the task force is on 24/7 security in all entry and exit points of Port Barton and the whole town.

“Our inter-agency task force [teams] are in place in all entries/exits of the municipality,” he said.

“So if you have a travel clearance and health certificate puwede ka” Estoya added, saying their movements will also be strictly monitored.


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