Any person,regardless of nationality, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival inthe Philippines has been to China and its special administrative regions, arealso covered by the ban./PN ILOILO City – The coal-fired power plant inBarangay Nipa, Concepcion, Iloilo has ordered its Chinese workers currentlyvacationing in China not to return to the Philippines yet to prevent thepossible spread of the new coronavirus here. With this move,Duterte expanded his initial travel ban order – which only covered Hubeiprovince and other parts of China that have confirmed reported cases of thevirus. “We are in full support of the Department ofHealth and the province of Iloilo’s campaign to prevent the spread of the2019-nCov, hence, protocols are strictly enforced and updated, as necessary, toensure that the power plant facility is nCov-free, and most importantly toprotect the health and safety of all our employees, and the residents in ourhost community,” according to Cabalhin. According to Palm Concepcion Power Corp.’s(PCPC) Maricris De Guzman Cabalhin, vice president for corporate affairs, suchorder will be in effect “until the threat of the virus is controlled, if noteliminated.” The Chinese nationals currently in the powerplant, on the other hand, were being discouraged from traveling outside thefacility, said Cabalhin. Banias, a doctor, welcomed PCPC’s move. OnJan. 28 he wrote NEPC Philippines president Jiang Zhimin: “In the light of theglobal health emergency declared by the World Health Organization caused by thenovel coronavirus which was traced to originate from China, I am requesting youcompany to immediately stop deploying officers and staff from China to PalmConcepcion Power Corp.” In a statementissued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, any person, regardless ofnationality, directly coming from China and its special administrative regions –namely Hong Kong and Macau – are banned from the entering the country. The coal-fired power plant in Barangay Nipa, Concepcion, Iloilo. THECEOMAGAZINE.COM Yesterday, upon the recommendation of keygovernment officials, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the temporary travelban of visitors from mainland China as well as its special administrativeregions in a move to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. They are employed by the NEPC PowerConstruction Corp. which PCPC tapped to operate and manage the coal-fired powerplant. There are an estimated 160 Chinese nationalsworking at the coal-fired power plant, said Mayor Raul Banias of Concepcion.