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Balewala ang health protocols? Richard Gomez blasts ‘carelessness’ of DILG, NHA, OWWA for forcing him to accept Balik Probinsya beneficiaries untested for coronavirus

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There is trouble brewing about the government’s “Balik Probinsya” program.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has raised complaints against the alleged “carelessness” of three government agencies for facilitating the flight of returning residents to Leyte province without following the standard health protocols against the coronavirus disease.

Gomez took to Facebook to rail against the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Housing Authority, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration why he is being told to accept these
“undocumented” and “untested” people into Ormoc.

“DILG, NHA, OWWA, what happened to all the protocols that you guys are trying to formulate for returning residents?!!!” he said.

Gomez said his office received a text from the DILG regional office and OWWA “informing us that there are 3 planes arriving in Tacloban and telling us to receive them without following Covid protocols, undocumented and untested.”

He expressed concern that an entry of a single coronavirus patient may derail the efforts of Ormoc City to keep it free from the disease for the past two months.

“We have kept our city Covid-free for more than 70 days bec of strict border controls and implementation of health protocols. Then here comes a TEXT from the National government agencies telling us that there are repatriates coming in our city and telling us to accept them?!” he said.

He also took aim at the concerned government agencies for ignoring the health protocols to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“What happened to all the protocols that we’ve been working on? What happened their protocols that they have been telling us to do if they themselves are not doing the right thing?!” he said.

“It only takes one infected person to get to our city to infect a hundred innocent people bec of carelessness from the national government agencies,”: he added.

Gomez continued his tirade wondering where the government’s task force on the coronavirus response in this latest urgent concern.

“Where is the Nationa Task Force Covid Shield and the IATF in all of these?!!!” he said.

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