Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has issued an executive order institutionalizing the establishment of infectious disease checkpoints and border control points in in the city.
Executive Order 579, which was issued on July 30, underscored the need to establish a border control in all entry points, such as in Licomo and Limpapa, to prevent the possible spread of the virus and for early containment of dangerous communicable human, animal and plant diseases.
“The checkpoints are supposed to undertake sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures which are quarantine and biosecurity measures which are applied to protect human, animal or plant life or health from risks arising from the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases and from risks arising from additives, toxins and contaminants in food and feeds,” the city government said.
Each border control point shall be manned by personnel from various departments or offices, such as the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), City Health Office (CHO), City Agriculturist Office (CAO), Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET), Barangay Tanod froom Licomo and Limpapa and with augmentation from the Zamboanga City Police Office.
Anyone who will violate the EO may face criminal prosecution under existing laws, the city government said.