Philippines: Health and safety protocols set for migrant sugarcane workers

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Dumaguete City: Considering the threat of global coronavirus pandemic, the provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental are focused on the health and safety of the sugarcane workers who will be crossing borders on the island in time for the milling season next month.

According to the media report, Adrian Sedillo, Negros Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) head said to ensure the safety of all, the cross-border protocols for the movement of authorized persons outside of residence (APORS) working in the sugar industry in Negros Oriental are necessary.

Sedillo, the executive director of the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said, the representatives of both Provincial governments met at the border in Kabankalan city of Negros Occidental and discussed the protocols that to be followed to keep a check on the spread of the disease during inter-border travelling.

According to the media report, along with the sugarcane harvesters, the rule will be applied to the drivers and assistants of cargo trucks that carry sugarcane.

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