Three Fishermen Arrested

The joint team of Bantay Dagat and Philippine Coast Guard in collaboration with Malapascua Business Association arrested 3 fishermen for illegal fishing within the municipal waters of Daanbantayan. The fishermen from Kawayan, Tabango, Leyte were unregistered fisherfolks which is a violation of Municipal Ordinance 98-02 and were caught fishing at Monad Shoal, a marine protected area.

Selected as the country’s first shark and ray sanctuary, Monad Shoal is the foremost dive site in Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan known as the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen regularly. Giant manta rays, devil rays and eagle rays are also a common sight in the area.

The apprehended fishermen will be penalized with confiscation of fishing net and administrative fine of P2,500.00 each in accordance with the aforementioned municipal ordinance. They were turned over to Daanbantayan Police Station for filing of appropriate charges.

Daanbantayan Declares a State of Public Health Emergency

Mayor Sun J. Shimura presided at the joint emergency meeting of the Local Health Board and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council today, March 16, 2020 to address the growing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. It can be recalled that as early as January, the local government unit is already proactive in its efforts to combat the spread of the virus thru the issuance of executive orders, memorandums and enforcement of mitigation measures. Today’s meeting focused on tougher measures to maximize public health which is in consonance with Cebu Provincial Government’s directives aimed at averting a possible spread of the deadly COVID-19. Salient points of the meeting are as follows:

–The Municipality of Daanbantayan has declared a state of public health emergency because of the deepening concerns about possible spread of coronavirus disease 2019;

–All foreign nationals are required to undergo 14 days mandatory quarantine from their arrival date at a hotel or resort of their stay or at the municipality’s designated quarantine facility. While on quarantine, they are strictly not allowed to engage in extra-curricular activities.

–Cancellation of social gatherings, assemblies, meetings, cockfighting, videoke and internet café operations;

–Creation of Inter-agency Task Force on COVID-19 with Mayor as Chair, Municipal Health Officer and Daanbantayan Chief of Police as Co-Chairs, with barangay captains, coast guard, PNP, DepEd I and II, AFP, and SB Chair on Committee on Health as Members;

–A task force has been created to conduct price monitoring of basic goods and commodities to ensure that no business establishment will take advantage of the situation;

–Lamberto R. Te Cultural Center in Poblacion, Daanbantayan is the designated Quarantine Facility for foreign nationals, OFWs and repatriates.

–OFWs and repatriates immediately upon arrival in Daanbantayan need to undergo home quarantine for 14 days, under the monitoring of the municipal health office and barangay concerned. In the absence of an isolation room in their house, he/she will be placed in the designated quarantine facility at Lamberto R. Te Cultural Center.

Mayor Shimura met with Malapascua resort and hotel owners.

Mayor Sun J. Shimura met with Malapascua resort and hotel owners today to discuss updates and the creation of a task force to address the widening outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Highlights of the meeting include the temporary travel ban on all tourists coming from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Travelers from other countries are allowed entry subject to mandatory procedures at Maya RoRo Port. Among other things, tourists are required to fill out the municipal health declaration card and undergo temperature test though a thermal device before boarding the boat to the island. Resorts must require their personnel to wear face masks and to monitor all their guests every morning to check if they are showing symptoms such as fever, coughs, and sore throats and to immediately inform MDRRMO if they notice such case.

In addition, Task Force Wuhan has been created to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The task force is composed of the information dissemination team; surveillance & monitoring team; and the treatment team. In attendance during the consultative meeting were Sangguniang Bayan members, DOH, RHU, religious sector, DepEd, Tourism office, school heads, Coast Guard, and other stakeholders.