“Titiyakin po natin ang medical needs ng mga fire personnel na ito na maaaring na-expose sa COVID-19 subalit mananagot din sila sa anumang maging resulta ng imbestigasyon nila na ipinag-utos ni Secretary Año kaugnay sa posibleng naging kapabayaan,” he added. He was referring to the 26-year-old female BFP-6 personnel (Patient No. 144) whom the city government placed under quarantine late night on June 14 after hours of searching for her. “Puspusan na po ang contact tracing na isinasagawa ng BFP-6 at mayroon na pong koordinasyon sa DILG Region VI at Police Regional Office,” Malaya said. Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in a separate statement, confirmed that the COVID-19 positive BFP staff and her 27 co-workers held a “despedida party” in Boracay in Malay, Aklan last week. “Panahon ng pandemya ngayon at hindi puwede ang mga palusot. As law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” Año stressed. Aguto’s firing came after a BFP-6 personnel allegedly roamed around the tourist destination while awaiting the result of her reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 that later turned out to be positive. ILOILO City – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 director Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto after one of his personnel – who later tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – breached quarantine protocols along with 27 colleagues by going to Boracay Island. Año has also ordered an investigation into the incident. So far, a total of 196 BFP-6 personnel have undergone rapid testing for COVID-19. “Nabigla ako…Isa po doon ang babae na umalis ng Iloilo (City), na-swab…Hindi pa lumabas ang result (but) pumunta (na) ng Boracay at noong huli ay nag-positive,” said Bautista in a press conference. DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, meanwhile, tasked BFP chief Fire director Jose Embang to immediately investigate the matter and conduct contract tracing. BY ADRIAN STEWART CO AND RUBY SILUBRICO “We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here,” said Año, who announced Aguto’s sacking on Wednesday. Fire Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, director for logistics of BFP-National Headquarters, has been appointed as BFP officer-in-charge in the region. According to the Department of Health, only 28 of the 196 were subjected to RT-PCR and were advised to undergo quarantine pending results of their tests on Friday. Acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista criticized the trip as an “irresponsible and blatant disregard of quarantine protocols.” Bautista said the patient’s name was listed in the port manifest. The patient’s positive test result was released on June 13. She and her BFP-6 group took a boat to Boracay on June 12 at around 5 p.m. via Tabon-Tambisaan Port. The BFP regional and city offices have been placed under lockdown and were advised to observe strict sanitation and disinfection efforts./PN
Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match gets underway at 10 to 2 tomorrow and will be brought to you in association with Tipperary Renault dot ie The Premier County probably need to beat the Lilywhites – who currently top the Division 3 table – if they’re to retain hopes of winning promotion.Kildare are managed by Cian O’Neill, who was trainer of the Tipperary senior hurling team when they won the All-Ireland title in 2010.Liam Kearns is expecting that his opposite number will field a powerful fifteen for the game in Clonmel.