PALAYAN CITY – Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio “Oyie” Umali is against any plans to convert the Mega Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center inside a military camp here into a quarantine center for those Filipinos who will be repatriated from China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The governor expressed his objection to the proposed plan by the government in a speech before capitol employees during the flag-raising rites held here yesterday morning.
Umali also said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by his brother Vice Gov. Emmanuel Anthony M. Umali has drafted a resolution that also adopted his stand opposing the plan of Health Sec. Francisco Duque III to make the MDTRC as a possible quarantine area for those Filipinos who will avail of repatriation from China.
The governor said he already conveyed the Novo Ecijanos’ sentiments to Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and he hopes that the national government will reconsider.
“Ang lalawigan ng Nueva Ecija ay hindi tumatalikod sa mga nangangailangan ngunit kailangan ko ding gumawa ng nararapat na hakbang para sa kapakanan ng aking nasasakupan, ang naranasang krisis ng bansa ay kailangan lamang ng unawaan ng bawat isa at ng nasa itaas, ang Panginoon,” Umali said.
Lenard Agustin to discuss matters of tasking and safety protocols to be adopted in case the plan pushes.
However, Gutierrez reportedly admitted that the drug facility is not yet ready to be used as such because it still needs improvement like putting up of adequate water systems, lighting, and electrical systems.