95 households in 55 communities in Pasay City now under localized ECQ
Freema Gloria • February 24, 2021 • 623
The Pasay City government has enforced localized enhanced community quarantine in 55 barangays due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 infections.
The LGU officials, however, clarified that the stricter quarantine classification is focused on 95 households that have 3 or more COVID-19 cases in the 55 barangays.
The localized ECQ is implemented by the barangay specifically to the households, compounds, and streets with 3 or more cases, not the entire barangay.
On Wednesday morning, personnel from the local government and the Pasay City Police have conducted random visits to the identified areas under community quarantine to ensure that residents observe health protocols.
Based on Pasay PNP data, more than 1,000 residents were apprehended for not wearing face masks, 142 individuals were issued with tickets for not wearing face shields; while 272 violated social distancing and 241 individuals were arrested for not following curfew hours since February 20.
PCOL Cesar Paday-os, chief of Pasay City Police, said they strictly impose P1,000 fine for every violation.
“Kaya ticket na lang po kami ng ticket sa mga walang face mask, walang face shield, violation of distancing pati na yung mga curfew na wala namang dahilan na nandiyan sa kalye. Kinukuha na natin yon. Kasi yung mga essentials lang at saka mga APOR lang yung mga authorized dyan”, Paday-os said.
The Pasay City government has recorded at least 435 active cases of COVID-19 in the city. Fifty-five of which are new cases.
According to Pasay City Command Center OIC Rhodora Pimlott, the spike in COVID-19 cases was first observed through their residents working in other cities, who have been tested positive for the virus.
“So, halimbawa, outside Pasay yung office na yon, yung kasama sa trabaho nag-positive eh, taga-Pasay. UUwi sa Pasay, contact-trace pala siya at hindi naman naming alam yun up until mag-positive kasi malalaman lang yun ng city pag lumabas na yung database at kinokontak kami”, Pimlott said.
The city government also considers the stay of overseas Filipino workers and seafarers in the city while waiting for their flights as a possible reason for the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
This opted the city to temporarily close its two transient dorms that shelter OFWs and seafarers.
Meanwhile, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are already investigating whether the surge of COVID-19 cases in Pasay City is related to the new cases found from the returning overseas Filipinos or ROF.
“Hindi natin nakikita yung link ditto po san a-identify na ROF before. Wala po siyang link. Pero, of course, we are still trying to investigate”
The DOH is now coordinating with the Pasay City government to be able to provide proper assistance to the LGU in line with the increasing COVID-19 cases in the city. (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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