BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 4 (PIA) - Governor Carlos Padilla yesterday has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) here to form a task force that will apprehend colorum car owners and operators who are transporting undocumented Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in various towns in the province.
"Their activities pose a clear and present danger to the health security and wellness among Novo Vizcayanos and other provinces of the region," he stressed during the meeting of the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force yesterday.
Padilla said the task force which will be led by the PNP will also include the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and the PNP - Highway Patrol Group (HPG), among others.
The governor also expressed his suspicion that a syndicate might be behind the entry of colorum vehicles that prey for undocumented LSIs wanting to come home in the province in exchange for hefty fees.
"I am sure that 90 percent of our problem in preventing the local transmission of OVID-19 in our province will be solved with strict activities and operations of this task force. It will also benefit other provinces and LGUs in Cagayan Valley region," Padilla added.
Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer said that as of this writing, the province has 7 active COVID-19 cases.
He said these cases came from an Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW) in Alfonso Castaneda town and 6 others from barangay Kirang in Aritao who were exposed to an undocumented LSI.
Galapon said the patients are now under 14-day quarantine protocol at the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in Bambang town, Region 2 Trauma and Medical Center (R2TMC) in Bayombong town and in a quarantine facility of the Alfonso Castaneda LGU. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)