Prior to this, Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao had released Executive Order No. 04, “prescribing additional guidelines for the implementation of Alert Level II for Covid-19 response in the province of Sarangani.”
The governor released the EO to “emphasize and supplement the guidelines on the nationwide implementation of the Alert Level System for Covid-19 response to avoid unprecedented escalation of cases while the province is reopening its economy.”
On July 26, during the 3rd Regular Session of the 11th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), Calanao was given a “privilege hour” where he advocated for vigilance against Covid-19 amid the new recorded cases in Sarangani.
“After more than two years of battling Covid-19 in the province and in the entire world, our vigilance was slowly transgressed into leniency,” Calanao lamented.
The leniency was caused by the exhaustion from the Covid-19 pandemic, which according to Calanao, resulted in “our implementation of policies from national up to the local to be lax in general.”
He pleaded with the Sarangans to become “responsible, mindful, and careful” and “to take heed of the established protocols.”
Calanao also reminded the public “to not waste the sacrifices and efforts done” by the “legion of frontliners and Sarangans” in the fight against the deadly virus.
Board Member Irish Arnado, for her part, echoed Calanao’s campaign and appealed “huwag na nating ibalik ang numbers natin dati,” referring to the high number of Covid-19 cases previously recorded in the country.
She encouraged her co-members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to perform their “oversight function” which is to “know the province’s Covid-19 situation” and to “take immediate actions.” (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)