In this trying time due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Philippine government called for a whole-of-government approach against this pandemic towards protecting health workers and frontliners, delivery and provision of essential necessities such as foods to the most vulnerable, among other major objectives under the new RA 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
The Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro has started to implement additional entry protocol for all port users, clients, or guests entering the premises of the Port of Cagayan de Oro, and Terminal Ports in Balingoan and Camiguin, as one of the heightened measures to prevent the entry and spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in ports.
The Port of Cagayan de Oro once again participated in the annual Earth Hour celebration on 28 March 2020. This year, the Ports of Benoni and Balingoan, and Oroport Cargohandling Services, Inc., the CDO Port’s cargo handling operator, also took part in the activity that ran from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
To help contain and prevent further spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and protect the health of all PMO employees as they continue to deliver public services amid the current virus threat, the PMO MO/C has hence implemented alternative work arrangements, and provided free face masks and service shuttle to ferry personnel to and from work.
Port Police together with the personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and PNP Maritime Group have been conducting body temperature screening among vessel crew of vessels calling at the Ports of Cagayan de Oro and Opol since 21 March 2020. This thermal screening is part of the precautionary measures of the Ports against the current Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Despite the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon, and Community Quarantine in most places in the country due to COVID-19, PPA ports are kept open for cargo vessels for unhampered cargo movements and uninterrupted flow of goods across the country.
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) in ports, the PMO MO/C initiated the installation of handwash stations and footbaths in its Administrative Buildings.
In view of Proclamation No. 929 by the Philippine Government placing the country under a State of Calamity amid Coronavirus Disease (COVID1-19) pandemic, the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro called for an emergency meeting with maritime agencies related to health protocols and measures for domestic vessels entering/calling at the Port of Cagayan de Oro and/or at any ports within Macajalar Bay.