Senator Bong Go said Saturday (February 8) he is willing to find an island in Mindanao to quarantine the 56 Filipinos who will be flying back to the Philippines from Hubei, China if the municipality of Capas, Tarlac resists the use of the Athletes’ Village at New Clark City as a quarantine site.
In an interview over dwIZ radio, Go said he understood the concerns of Capas local officials over the possible spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with the arrival of Filipinos from Hubei at the Athletes’ Village Sunday (February 9).
Go, however, said there was nothing to worry about as the Department of Health and other government agencies will be taking the necessary steps to ensure the population will be safe from possible infection.
“Let;s cooperate na lang po. Magtulungan na lang dahil kawawa naman ang ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Go said it was unfortunate that Philippine communities are reluctant to take care of the Filipinos who will be returning from Hubei, where there’s an outbreak of the 2019-nCoV.
“Kung wala na tatanggap sa kanila, willing ako tumanggap sa kanila. Maghahanap po ako ng lugar dito sa Mindanao, sasamahan ko po sila. ‘Di ako takot mahawa,” he said.
Go added that Mindanao has several islands that could be used as a quarantine site for the Filipinos from Hubei.
The senator said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has talked to local officials of Capas about the use of New Clark City as a quarantine facility.