DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – Governor Roberto Uy has placed the entire province under “general community quarantine” starting noon on March 17 until April 14 aimed at preventing the spread of 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Under Executive Order 20-24 he signed March 15, the entry and exit of passengers through air, land and sea transportation are restricted except for the movement of goods, supplies, and cargoes.
“Non-essential exit of people out of Zamboanga del Norte except for health workers, authorized government officials, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, and those who were allowed entry,” the order said.
Uy added that travelers from the National Capital Region, Dumaguete City, Cagayan de Oro City, and other places within the Philippines and countries with confirmed Covid-19 are considered persons under monitoring (PUM) and have to undergo mandatory self-quarantine.
He also specifically prohibited the public from going to beaches, pools and other recreational areas while the religious sectors are urged to adopt alternatives in conducting masses, services, and religious rites.
On March 14, Uy also ordered the suspension of classes in all levels in this province starting March 16.
The administration of Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) said the university’s learning toolkit for an alternative learning mode, which provided for home-based studies with options of conducting online classes, providing handouts to students or giving activities that require students output.
JRMSU has almost 19,000 students in its five campuses throughout this province and an external studies unit located in the Muslim-dominated town of Sibuco. (PNA)