PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino assured the people of Cebu that the National Government will not file a case against Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on her Executive Order 17 that is allegedly incompatible with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 114.
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“I know for a fact that there are no plans of filing a case against the governor. I sat in a meeting together with President Duterte, ES Salvador Medialdea and Sen. Christopher 'Bong' Go discussing this issue last night, and I personally confirmed from them that Secretaries Año, Guevarra, and Roque had no intentions of filing suit,” Dino said.
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“In fact, on Monday, Gov. Gwen and I will have an audience with President Duterte himself to present the situation in Cebu: our current process and protocols, as well as our best practices such as the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), Project Balik Buhay and VVOC (Visayas Vaccination Operations Center), to name a few. This is to find a win-win situation that would work for both the National Government and the Province of Cebu,” he added. RELATED ARTICLES New IATF directive sets swab on Day 7
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While the National Government policies should be complied with, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) supports the Visayas local government units that have proven its best practices in lowering their Covid-19 cases, reopening their economy, and revitalizing tourism.
Opav said the goal is to alleviate the plight of the returning overseas Filipinos and overseas Filipino workers whose welfare should be considered in deciding for health protocols that should be pro-people, pro-health, and pro-economy.
"In hindsight, it is all about striking a balance between public health and the economy as we learn to live with Covid-19," it added. (PR)