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Cimatu satisfied with Cebu Province COVID-19 status report
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia presented to the Inter-Agency Task Force in Cebu the status report of Covid-19 cases in Cebu Province on Tuesday, August 4. (Tonee Despojo)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu expressed contentment in the comprehensive presentation made by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and mayors on Tuesday, August 4.

Cimatu, overseer in the implementation of Covid-19 mitigating measures in Cebu, said he is contented with the clarification that Cebu Province’s 700 active cases with a population of 3.2 million is not really a cause for worry. 

Although, he urged that local government units continue with their stringent measures to control further the rising number of cases.

Initially worried with the healthcare facilities in Cebu Province, Cimatu felt at ease when Garcia reported that there is only 24 percent occupancy rate in the Covid-19 dedicated beds in the provincial and district hospitals.

“Honestly, I was worried about the Province of Cebu but after this presentation, Governor, nawala na yung worry ko,” Cimatu said.

“This is the reason why I asked the President for this meeting kasi hindi ko gusto na magaya ang Cebu Province sa Metro Manila. Hindi ko gusto na mag-suffer ang ating tourism,” he added.

Governor Garcia, in her presentation, mentioned that the Province monitored the active cases, instead of the cumulative number of cases, to give proper perspective, ratio and proportion on the 700 active cases in a province with 3.2 million people.

“I hope this presentation has given you a picture of how we have been working in the Province of Cebu. We would wish to invite you to visit our beautiful towns and cities; someday you might want to go to Camotes and Bantayan and see for yourself how our mayors have been working very, very hard,” the governor told Cimatu. (Eleanor Valeros)