BOHOL Governor Arthur
Yap said that only ten active
Covid-19 cases were reported
in Bohol this week despite that
the province has 1.5 million
They were able to show to
the people that they can handle
the situation even if Covid vaccine has not yet arrived in the
country. They have aggressive
prevention measures against
Covid even if they already open
the tourism economy.
This week, Bohol has
about 800 recovered cases,
only 18 deaths, and only 10 active cases.
“Hopefully, it will disappear soon. But we have to be
realistic. We should not fear
because the issue is not whether there is Covid or no Covid
but on how to prevent Covid
from spreading. We must control its morbidity, mortality
and infection,” Yap said.
Yap said several parts of
the world have increased Covid cases but not in Bohol.
Yap found out that requiring senior citizens and the youth
21 years old and below is more
dangerous considering the impact on one’s psychological state.
“I believe that senior citizens and youth have never gone
to this kind of experience before
Covid-19. For me, banning them
from going out is really insufferable. So, I decided that while we coordinate with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), we did
what is appropriate,” Yap said.
As early as April 2020 or
one month after the lockdown
order, he allowed senior citizens and youth to go out and
attend some transactions three
days a week.
It was harvest season in
Bohol when the government
declared a lockdown. Yap allowed farmers to harvest their
crops so they will still have
food. The youth helped their
parents. The fisherfolks were
allowed to continue fishing.
Hence, food security remained
He said the general fundamental policy on ingress and
egress in Bohol are the same.
The difference lies on the quarantine facilities of LGUs or the
number of quarantine days. They cannot demand reduction of days because if something happens, it would also be
The general policy on APOR
(Authorized Persons Outside
Residence), Locally Stranded
Individuals (LSI) and Overseas
Filipino Workers (OFWs) is
attuned to IATF. Bohol Province has removed all its rules to
avoid additional burden.
“All our rules and regulations are copied from IATF to
have a uniform implementation. A returning LSI or OFW
shall be received by their own
LGU. The local health situation in their town is part of the
Administrative Code and Local
“If the town is strict, that
is part of its responsibility. We
should respect the decision of
mayors. Ask them or the municipal health officer about the rule.
Our record shows 800 recovered
Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths and 10
active cases. Maybe we are doing
something right. If we are doing
something right, I hope you will
support Bohol authorities,” Yap
said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO