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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 14, 2020
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EB Magalona mayor
defends border control


With the classification of Negros Occidental as a Modified General Community Quarantine province, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon yesterday defended the strict border control of his town from “outsiders”, to ensure the protection of his constituents from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because of our strict border rules, we were able to stop the entry of workers from Cebu, Escalante City and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental,” Malacon said.

Cebu ranks No. 2 all over the country in number of COVID-19 positive cases.

Malacon recently issued a memorandum that requires non-residents to present a certificate of clearance issued by his or her local government unit of origin, stating the purpose of their entry to EB Magalona, as well as health certificate issued by the LGU where they originate.

Those who will purchase and deliver essential goods are required to get a travel pass from the Office of the Mayor.

EB Magalona has two border control points along the town highway with one entrance and one exit at the poblacion.

A report of the EB Magalona Municipal Health Office showed that it has recorded two new suspected cases, a probable case of COVID -19, and one case recovered. The 71- year- old patient suspected of COVID -19, who died in previous weeks, had tested negative of the disease.

Malacon said that he will only lift the border rules if the Capitol will issue an order to do so. "I don't want to endanger the lives of my town mates," he stressed.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier advised LGUs in Negros Occidental to "do away with checkpoints and passes to enable the free flow of traffic in the province, and loosen up boundaries within the province.”

But Malacon said that Lacson also told them that local governments have authority to impose measures they see fit for their jurisdictions.*


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