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By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, June 25, 2020
In a memorandum issued on June 24, strict border controls in all barangays in Cebu Province will be re-implemented to limit the entry of persons in each barangay and prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. (Junjie Mendoza)

Aside from the border controls between Cebu Province and Cebu City, the Provincial Government also ordered the re-implementation of the border restrictions in all barangays in the towns and cities of the Province.

This is to limit the entry of persons in each barangay and prevent the Covid-19 virus from spreading further.

“We are reinstituting border restrictions in the barangays. I have signed this memo that shall be sent to all mayors in the municipalities and component cities and to our barangay captains,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced during a press conference on Thursday, June 25.

This measure was decided after her meeting with Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Roderick Mariano and Armed Forces of the Philippines Task Group Cebu Commander Col. Jerry Borja on Wednesday, June 24.

Persons allowed entry to a barangay are residents, locally stranded individuals, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), and other permitted persons. Their entry should be subject to the existing health protocols set by the government.

Garcia reiterated the unimpeded entry of the OFWs to their homes after full compliance of government protocols, passing home quarantine qualifications, and completion of their mandatory five-day quarantine in Cebu City.

She explained that reinstituting the barangay border controls would help monitor those not included in the exempted persons identified in the Executive Order 17-H who might manage to slip through the border controls between the Province and Cebu City.

“They (barangay officials and personnel) themselves know who are their own residents and if they see a new face, they will immediately report that,” she said. (Mylen Manto)