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Only 10 Covid-19 cases in Bohol: Yap

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 population.

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 stable.

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 their responsibility.

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 Government Code.

“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