Cebu gov to ask provincial board to revisit COVID-19 protocols on returning Filipinos

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says that she would ask the provincial board to revisit the ordinance on airport testing of returning Filipinos from abroad.

6/15/2021 5:00:00 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says that she would ask the provincial board to revisit the ordinance on airport testing of returning Filipinos from abroad.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia said Tuesday that she would ask the provincial board to revisit the ordinance on airport testing of returning Filipinos from abroad.

The province tests all Filipinos returning from abroad upon their arrival at the airport. Once they test negative, they can go to their respective homes to undergo home quarantine.This is contrary to the national Inter-Agency Task Force’s protocol that tests should be done seven days after their arrival.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Cebu province on Monday. He also ordered Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to “critique” the province’s relaxed protocols on returning residents.Duque said he will submit his assessment to Garcia within today or on Wednesday.

“Certainly, we would love to get our experts to visit Cebu province and to present their own data on why they are of certainty that the protocol that is nationally adopted is the way to go,” Duque added.However, Garcia stood firm that the province would stick to its own protocols unless a proper court declares it as"ultra vires” or beyond its powers. headtopics.com

“In Cebu, we are not only talking about an executive order but a provincial board ordinance that was passed by our provincial board unanimously, adopting the protocols of my executive order,” she said.“As we all know, a provincial ordinance unless declared ultra vires in a proper court is the local law of the land, in accordance with RA 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code.”

But Interior Secretary Eduardo Año pointed out during the hearing that the President’s order has more power over local ordinances.“The IATF resolutions on health protocols are binding and mandatory. The rules and policies of local government units are expected to conform,” he said.

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