More than 50% of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province of Laguna are from the industry sector, Governor Ramil Hernandez bared on Tuesday.
"Based sa report po ng Provincial Health Office, more than 50% ng mga positive cases ay galing sa industries, sa mga pabrika po kaya 'yan po ang gusto naming i-address," Hernandez told Dobol B sa News TV.
"Of course, gusto po nating mabuhay ang economy, gusto nating suportahan ang businessmen pero medyo kailangan balansehin po natin," he added.
According to Hernandez, there are 1,207 active cases in the province, of which over 600 are working in factories.
He warned that if factories and other industries would not follow the minimum health standards in curbing the pandemic, they could be ordered closed.
"Kung kinakailangan talaga na magkaroon ng pagsasara o temporary shutdown 'yung company 'pag mataas po ang cases, eh kailangan gawin po natin 'yan..." Hernandez said.
He also admitted that there is a need to strictly monitor industrial areas in the province to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place.
"I must admit may problema po tayo sa monitoring kasi kailangan po natin ng madaming manpower dahil 'di naman ho lahat ng sulok ng Laguna ay kayang lagyan ng tao lalo na po sa mga industries," Hernandez said.
The governor said he would meet with mayors and other concerned local agencies to discuss the matter.—AOL, GMA News