NegOr IATF sets health protocols for APORs
NEGROS ORIENTAL, July 15 (PIA) — The Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has set strict health and safety requirements for all authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or essential workers coming in from high-risk areas to prevent the recurrence of incidence of APORs becoming carriers of COVID-19 virus.
In Resolution No. 32 signed by Gov. Roel Degamo, it stated that this incident is proven by the latest positive cases here involving APORs, thereby putting the community at risk.
The said resolution urged concerned APORs to notify the province’s IATF through their local offices here of the nature of their travel.
While APORs have the privilege of unrestricted movement especially during emergency travel and indispensable travel as essential service workers, however, the IATF has also seen the need to protect the health, safety, and security of the general public by imposing local health and safety protocols.
Under the resolution, the following requirements for APORs on official business include certificates of employment and work schedule, medical clearance, mission or travel orders, and identification card while the person must submit to screening procedures with health declaration and locator forms.
For APORS on emergency or indespensable travel, upon reaching the various borders entering the province, they also have to submit travel authority, certificates of employment with ID, and reasons for travel indicating number of days of stay in the province.
Other guidelines include a policy that if upon arrival the stay is less than 14 days, APORs shall not be allowed to go out from their place of residence and shall be required to undergo strict home quarantine protocols for the duration of his/her stay.
After the APORs have left to go back to their workstation, their family members must continue to undergo home quarantine to complete the 14-day standard quarantine period to be monitored by Barangay Health Emergency Team (BHERT).
But if the APORs’ travel is not work-related, the guidelines on the local health safety protocols of the local government units will apply.
Failure to adhere to this set of requirements would result to the APORs being denied entry into the province’s borders. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)