Sinas skipped health clearances when he visited Mindoro, LGU reveals

MANILA, Philippines – The Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro said that Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Debold Sinas didn't pass through the required health protocols when he recently visited.

Sinas skipped health clearances when he visited Mindoro
The provincial government of Mindoro saddened over Chief Debold Sinas skipping health protocols | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Oriental Mindoro Provincial government PIO

Earlier, Sinas was informed that he was COVID-19 positive while he was on a visit to Mindoro. It was PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Hildebrandi Usana made the public announcement and assured that the police chief is asymptomatic.

In the statement released by Oriental Mindoro's provincial government via Facebook, they revealed how they are saddened that Sinas skipped the usual screening done by the Oriental Mindoro’s health office.

According to the statement, the PNP chief didn't go through the province’s pier in Calapan City, where health clearances are being made. Instead, Sinas arrived via a helicopter before proceeding to the PNP Regional Headquarters.

"Si PGen. Debold Sinas ay hindi dumaan sa pier ng Calapan at hindi siya kabilang sa mga na-profile ng mga kawani ng PGOM. Siya ay dumating sa lalawigan lulan ng helicopter at dumiretsyo sa Regional Headquarters," the statement posted on Facebook reads.

“Ikinalulungkot ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ang pangyayaring ito,” it added.

The statement also clarified that the Provincial Administrator Hubbert Christopher Dolor was not there to just welcome Sinas but to discuss the vaccine rollout and contract tracing efforts. They also assured that all officials of the provincial health office who were present during Sinas' visit strictly followed the necessary health measures.

"Subalit, tiniyak ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan na sa panahong si PA MD Dolor at ang iba pang mga kawani ng PHO ay nasa kampo, siniguro nilang na-observe ang minimum health protocols,” the provincial government clarified.

Early this year, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved a resolution allowing government officials and employees to be exempted from testing and quarantine requirements imposed by local governments.

However, Roque clarified that aside from presenting valid IDs as well as a travel authority or travel order, they must still undergo screening at the port of destination.

Roque explained, "They must likewise pass symptom screening at the port of their arrival, or in the case of public transport, upon boarding; and they must strictly comply with the minimum public health standards."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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