Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido Jr. called on all government employees, whether nationally or locally employed, to divulge their history of travel to their superiors, this as the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) recently transformed to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Dr. Aturdido explained that the GCQ status of South Cotabato might still further improve after May 15, leading back to the “new normal” for the province, hence, the need for all employees to truthfully submit their travel history.
He pointed out that “all employees, particularly those on work at home status should reveal to their superiors what places they stayed or visited so that they will be informed of what proper action should be taken regarding this.”
“If employees visited areas where there are cases of community transmission of CoViD-19, then they should undergo testing and community or home quarantine for 14 days,” he added.
Not all government employees are residents of South Cotabato and the possibility that some of them went home as part of their respective “Work at Home’ scheme is not remote, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) noted.
Aturdido likewise called on the general public who have personal knowledge or information regarding individuals coming from areas outside of South Cotabato who have entered the province to report them to their respective BHERT for proper action especially on strict compliance on community or home quarantine.
IPHO have received unconfirmed reports regarding the entrance of some individuals in the province that did not submit their travel history and could be a possible suspect of the CoViD-19 virus.
According to IPHO, these individuals clearly violated RA 11332 particularly section 9b of Prohibited Acts stated as “tampering of records or intentionally providing misinformation” and has a corresponding penalty under Section 10 (corresponding fine of not less than P20,000 but not more than P50,000 and imprisonment of not less than 1 month but not more than 6 months or both, and such fine and imprisonment is at the discretion of the proper court.)