Laguna governor wants province to follow safety rules despite MECQ shift

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2020 12:54 AM | Updated as of May 17 2020 08:55 AM

Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez appealed to his constituents to still strictly observe safety protocols now that the province is under modified enhanced community quarantine.

He also sought the cooperation of businesses to enforce social distancing to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

"Hinihingan ko ng tulong ang private sector na strictly implement nila ang protocols, kasi 'pag hindi na-implement ng maayos ito at tumaas na naman ang ating mga cases ay back to square one na naman tayo," Hernandez said in an interview on DZMM.

This includes factories operating within his jurisdiction.

"Lahat sila ay makakatanggap ng opisyal na guidelines at atin inaasahan na susunod sila rito. May mga pamantayan po tayong sinusunod na dapat i-observe ng ating mga companies," Hernandez said.

The province has a total of 333 confirmed cases with 30 deaths and 171 recoveries.

Hernandez also assured that qualified families will also benefit from the second tranche of the cash subsidy coming from the national government. 

"Nag-meeting na kami ng mga mayors na kung anumang tulong sa probinsya ay ibibigay na sa mga mayors para isang bigayan na lang," the governor said.

Hernandez, meanwhile, said Typhoon Ambo left minimal damage in the province, as no casualty was reported although 500 families were displaced.

" 'Yung almost 500 na pamilya na nag-evacuate kahapon nakauwi na halos lahat, apat na pamilya na lang po ang natitira sa bayan ng Sta. Maria," he said.

"Pitong bahay lang ang partially damaged at dalawang bahay lang ang totally damaged. Sa laki ng lalawigan namin na may 3 milyong populasyon ay napakaliit lang ng damage na ito."