ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 3 (PIA) - Commercial flights to and from Zamboanga City are expected to resume on June 8, the City Government and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed.
In preparation for the influx of passengers, the local government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) conducted the reorientation on emerging and re-emerging epidemics infectious disease which refers to COVID-19 for Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) in the city. The LGU will capacitate the barangays in handling COVID-19 related issues and concerns as the city transitions to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), next lower quarantine level.
Approximately 200 BHERTs from 43 barangays are attending the orientation until June 3 to cover all the BHERTs in 98 barangays. The orientation is held in different venues of the Western Mindanao State University: gymnasium, covered court, social hall and training center. Mayor Beng Climaco cited the crucial role that the BHERTs play in the fight against the COVID pandemic since they will be in the frontlines in addressing all COVID-19 related issues in the barangays in the "new normal".
"We encourage all the barangays to fulfill our mandate on our COVID battle plan to heal the sick and feed the hungry," said Mayor Climaco.
Meanwhile, the City of Zamboanga extended its General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15, 2020. The city still implements strict guidelines to prevent the people from roaming around the city and makes sure that establishments and offices follow strict health measures.
Despite the extended GCQ, the city through the City Tourism Office continuously assists Locally Stranded Individuals in going back to their homes safely. (RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)