DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 27 (PIA) - Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said cooperation between the national and local government units (LGUs) is very vital such that guidelines and protocols on the handling of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and non-authorized persons outside residence (non-APORs) who travel, must be strictly followed.
"It's important that the LGU destination knows that there are LSIs and non-APORs coming so they will know how to handle them," Secretary Ano said during the October 27 episode of the Laging Handa Network Briefing.
Ano added that the Philippine National Police (PNP) issues travel pass so those authorized to travel can pass through various LGUs.
"However, the pass will not allow the traveller to stop when it's not yet the declared final destination," he explained.
Ano assured that through the National Task Force for COVID-19, there are CODE (Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic) Teams who go down to the local government units to guide those who are having difficulty in handling COVID-19 responses.
The DILG chief also reiterated the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that cemeteries will be closed from October 29 to November 4 to avoid the crowding of people during the Undas, thus lessen the risk of being infected with the virus.
"Travels will be lessened now because cemeteries are closed," Ano said.
Aside from the Interior Secretary, other guests in the Network Briefing program were Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Chair Jerome Vic Espino. (JCR/AMB/VHS/PIA Pangasinan)