By Junex Doronio
SILANG, Cavite — It was a bitter pill to take and Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla could not hide his utter dismay and so are the residents in this province when the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) struck down the governor’s decision to allow public transportation for the sake of the industrial workers during the two-week Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
It was late Tuesday afternoon when Remulla announced via his Facebook live feed that he was allowing public transportation in consideration of the welfare of about 2,000 workers in different factories who would be adversely affected if there is no public transportation.
“Ikinalulungkot ko po sabihin na ang IATF ay mabigat na binalaan ang ating Provincial Commander ng PNP na mahigpit patuparin ang ‘No Public Transportation policy.’ This is a very unwise decision but I will respect it,” Remulla said on Wednesday in his Facebook post.
He lamented that the province’s manufacturing industry would be severely affected.
“Sa aking mga kababayan, ako po ay humihingi ng paumanhin. I tried my best to serve your interest, as well as the province and the country. Unfortunately, the people in charge see things differently,” Remulla said.
In his Facebook live feed Tuesday afternoon in his home, Remulla advised his constituents to “keep cool” by staying at home and strictly follow the health protocols.
There are already 1,824 total cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of this number, 47 are new cases while 525 have recovered and only 57 died.
The governor recalled the difficulties encountered during the first ECQ in the province.
“Yung unang ECQ, ang naglalakad mula PEZA sa Rosario hanggang sa Tanza, umaabot ng apat hanggang limang kilometro (bago merong shuttle),” Remulla bared.