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No case to be filed vs. Gwen: Dino

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd “Mike” Dino has assured the Cebuanos that the National Government will not file a case against Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for allegedly violating the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Garcia has issued Executive Order (EO) No. 17 that is allegedly incompatible to IATF Resolution No. 114.

“I know for a fact that there are no plans of filing a case against the Governor,” Dino said.

Dino sat in a meeting together with President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go discussing this issue last week.

He said he personally got confirmation from Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque that they have no intention of filing suit against Garcia.

“In fact on Monday, (May 31, 2021) Governor Gwen and I will have an audience with President Duterte himself to present the situation in Cebu: our current process and protocols, as well as our best practices such as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Project Balik Buhay and VVOC, to name a few. This is to find a win-win situation that would work for both the National Government and the Province of Cebu,” Dino said.

While the National Government policies should be complied with, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) supports the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Visayas that have proven its best practices in lowering COVID-19 cases in their respective areas, reopening their economy, and revitalizing tourism.

The goal is to alleviate the plight of the Returning Overseas Filipinos (Balikbayans) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose welfare should be considered in deciding for health protocols that should be pro-people, pro-health and pro-economy, Dino said.

In hindsight, it is all about striking a balance between public health and economy as we learn to live with COVID-19. PR/ELIAS O. BAQUERO