SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that strict precautionary measures are in place to prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV, also known as the “Wuhan coronavirus”, to the country.
“Mino-monitor ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang sitwasyon sa Wuhan City, China. Ngayon naman po nakatutok ang ating mga health officials sa mga pumapasok na dayuhan, may mga strict measures silang sinusunod, may thermal scanners sa 40 seaports and airports papasok ng bansa. Huwag naman po sanang pumasok dito,” Go said.
This comes after Chinese officials, during a special government meeting, warn that the spread of the new virus is accelerating.
The senator urged the public to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health officials to deter the spread of the virus.
“Mag-ingat po tayo. Sundin natin ang mga sinasabi ng ating public health officials. Mag-mask po tayo at protektahan ang sarili. Panatilihing malinis ang ating kamay at mga paligid. Ingat po tayo,” he said.
Asked if there is a possibility for the government to repatriate Filipinos in China, Go said that the President and concerned agencies are still observing the situation.
“Antayin po natin ang pinag-aaralan at inoobserbahan pa po ni Pangulong Duterte ano ‘yung magiging sitwasyon. Titingnan niyang mabuti kung dapat bang ilikas rito sila, kasi nagkaroon rin ng lockdown sila doon, hindi sila pwedeng lumabas, at ipinagbabawal nga ‘yung pagdating ng mga eroplano mula sa Wuhan, China,” he said.
Go added that he and the President will prioritize the safety and security of Filipino citizens, saying “kami ni Pangulo, uunahin namin ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan. Ang kanilang safety ang parating umiiral sa aming mga konsiderasyon.”
Meanwhile, during his visit to fire victims in Lico St., Tondo, Manila, Go comforted the evacuees whose houses were razed by a fire incident on January 23. While no fatalities were reported, six individuals were injured by the incident.
“Kumikirot ang puso ko kapag may nasasaktan at namamatay. Marami pong tutulong sa atin para maibalik ang mga bagay na nawala sa inyo. Pero ang buhay, hindi nabibili.”
Go distributed assistance to 120 affected families including relief and financial aid. The senator added that he will also provide school supplies and uniform sets to students who were affected by the fire so they can resume attending their classes immediately.
Government agencies came to help the fire victims. The National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) were present and provided different kinds of assistance to the fire victims.