With one death out of the three confirmed cases due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda placed the province under a state of calamity. 

The declaration enables Pineda to use the province’s Quick Response Fund for “aid, medicine, relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and other works or services to the calamity-affected communities or areas of Pampanga.”

The governor through, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Pampanga Facebook page, assured the public that “Una po namin na tinitiyak ang sapat na suplay ng pagkain para sa ating mga kabalen (First we ensure enough food supplies for our province mates.)”

“Ang kaligtasan ng ating nga kabalen laban sa COVID-19 ay ating prayoridad. (The safety of our kabalen vs COVID-19 is our priority.)”, he added.

Pineda also appealed to his constituents to follow the authorities in implementing the enhanced community quarantine. 

Pampanga has three known patients – a Grab driver who services the Clark Freeport and Pampanga routes, a Muslin worshiper from the San Juan City prayer room who was exposed to one confirmed case, and the fatality whose neighbor has traveled to Singapore. (Jojo Mangahis)