Gov. Remulla orders closure of Cavite malls failing to ensure social distancing measures

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020   •   992

MANILA, Philippines – Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday said he has ordered the temporary closure of all shopping malls in the province for failing to comply with social distancing protocols.

“LAHAT NG MALL SA CAVITE ay panandalian SARADO dahil sa kanilang pakawalang bisa ng social distancing. Sa labas ng mall bago magbukas; sa luob ng mall habang operations; Wala po nakitang pinasusunod na patakaran ukol sa social distancing. Kung akala ng lahat ay kung pati sa mall ay PNP pa rin ay para na rin ninyo sinabi na kalimutan na ang ibang trabaho at sitahin na lang ang nasa mall,” Remulla said in his Facebook post.

The governor said that even supermarkets and drug stores inside malls will also be temporarily shuttered until plans on strict social distancing measures are presented and implemented.

Remulla made the announcement just two days after the community quarantine restrictions were eased in the province.

Cavite, a province near Metro Manila with a population of almost 4 million people, was placed under an enhanced community quarantine since March and shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 16.

Under GCQ, establishments offering essential goods and services are allowed to reopen with reduced workforce and operations, provided that safety and health measures are in place.

Under the set-up, only one person per household is allowed to go out to get necessities and do other essential errands. They are required to quarantine pass and other necessary documents to be presented at control points.

Remulla said that these rules were broken when customers trooped to the malls that resumed operations over the weekend.

He also called out residents whom he said abused their quarantine passes and work permits to go mall strolling and conduct other non-essential activities.

The governor pointed out that in a span of four days, from May 13 to 17, the province recorded 36 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 275.

“Akala ninyo ang GCQ ay FREEDOM PASS. Akala ninyo na ang pag bawas ng checkpoint ay pwede na ipagbaliwala ang mga pass para maka labas ng bahay. Akala ninyo na ang work ID ay lakwatsya pass. Ito ngayon ang aking patakaran,” he said.

He said all mayors in the province endorsed the Executive Order he signed on Sunday night, May 17, ordering the temporary closure of malls until they are able to present plans on ensuring physical distancing measures.

He warned to cancel the privilege of those abusing their work permits, as well as those using their work IDs even if they were not on duty.

“Isa po na paki-usap sa may company ID. Huwag ninyo abushin ang sistema,” he said.

“Sa araw ng inyong trabaho ay kumuha ng certificate of duty mula sa HR. May palugit kami ng 1 hour before and 1.5 hours later para kayo ay maka pasok at maka uwi. Pag wala sa araw at oras ng duty ito ay bawal gamitin para gumala. Please stay at home” he added.

Remulla also appealed to his constituents to continue observing health protocols as he stressed that the province is still under community quarantine, even if it is in a more relaxed set-up.

“Marami sa inyo ang magagalit sa akin. Mas mabuti na galit kayo sa akin at wala kayong Covid kaysa natutuwa kayo sa akin at nadadagdagan ang may sakit,” he said.

“Pasensya na kayo, inabuso ang sistema at kailangan higpitan. Marami naman grocery at drug store sa inyong bayan. Duon muna Ang kailangan bilhin. MAGBUBUKAS RIN naman pag napakita ang plano ng operators ukol sa social distancing,” he added.

“Tandaan, Ang Q sa GCQ ay ‘Quarantine.’ Hinde pa po tapos ang sakuna,” he further stated.

P58M worth of shabu seized in joint buy-bust operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8.533 kilograms of shabu estimated to worth P58,024,000 was seized in a joint buy-bust operation in Imus, Cavite on June 19, 2021.

Five suspects were arrested during the operation and were identified as Tamano Daud, 41 years old; Ismael Daud, 24 years old; Norma Maguid, 36 years old; Omar Redia, 42 years old.

The operation was launched by the Manila Police District (MPD) Drug Enforcement Unit, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Cavite Provincial Police Office and Imus Municipal Police Station.

“It was revealed that the suspects were members of the Tamano Drug Group distributing illegal drugs in Metro Manila, Quezon City and Rizal Province linked to Montessir Sabal,” according to MPD chief Police Brigadier General Leo Francisco said.

The following pieces of evidence were seized in the operation:

a. 13 pcs heat sealed transparent plastic sachets with white crystalline substance believed to be shabu
b. several pcs of colored plastics with white crystalline substance believed to be shabu
c. 10 pcs 1000 bill utilized as buy bust money
d. 40 pcs 1000 bill utilized as boodle money
e. 1 Glock 17 9mm pistol
f. 1 Kosnor London Chrome cal 45 pistol
g. several magazines and ammunitions of different caliber
h. drug paraphernalia

Francisco said these suspects were arrested for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act or Republic Act No. 9165 during the buy-bust operation. They will also be charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. AAC

Another coral garden discovered in Maragondon, Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country has yet another natural treasure discovered in the waters of Cavite that is connected to Manila Bay.

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and volunteer divers were having a clean up drive, “scubasurero” and seagrass monitoring activity in Barangay Patungan in Cavite when they accidentally discovered another coral garden coinciding with the celebration of World Environment Day.

“Recently lang po last June 5, na-discover din po namin na meron din pong coral garden sa Cove ng Barangay Patungan sa Maragondon,” said Andrea Panganiban of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cavite.

Panganiban said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently conducting an assessment on the said coral garden.

On June 15, PENRO Cavite held another “scubasurero” activity in Maragondon and Ternate in Cavite where they installed marker buoys within the area covering the newly discovered coral garden and within the Maragondon Fish Sanctuary.

It can be recalled that on May 17, over 169 square kilometers of coral garden was discovered at the core zone of Ternate Marine Park within the vicinity of Barangay Sapang Uno and Barangay Bucana.

“Ang nangyari po noon, kami po ay nasa project na maglalagay ng marker buoys para palatandaan kung hanggang saan po ang boundary ng ating core zone upang mabigyan ng impormasyon ang ating mga mangingisda na hindi sila pwedeng pumasok doon. Then kasama po natin sa paglalagay ang mga volunteer divers po natin na gusto nilang makatulong sa pagdodokumento ang proseso po ang ating proyekto,” Panganiban said.

“Nung natapos po natin iyon, nag-scout sila sa ilalim ng dagat. At ayun nga po nadiscover na meron pa tayong napakagandang coral garden sa core zone natin,” she added.

The coral garden measures about 20 meters away from the shoreline of Caylabne and approximately 26 meters in depth.

These new discoveries will contribute greatly to the province’s tourism industry.

“Kasi kung io-open po ito as diving site at kung i-offer po ito as a tourist destination ng management board, magkakaroon po ito ng magandang epekto. Malaki pong potensyal ang lugar pag na-open po siya sa turismo. Magkakaroon po ng pagtaas ng pagkita ng mga mamamayan doon aside from that matutulungan po ang ating community ng fisherfolk na kumita na hindi na nila kailangan magextract sa dagat.” Panganiban noted.

“Posible rin na mabawasan ang mga ilegal fishing sa area dahil sila na mismo ang mangangalaga sa lugar dahil iyon ay pinagkakakitaan na nila,” she added.

PENRO Cavite calls on the public to properly manage disposal of waste in their areas to prevent water pollution.

“Sa lahat ng mga mamamayan na nakapaligid po sa Manila Bay, isakatuparan lang po natin ang tamang pagtatapon ng basura dahil ang basura po na nagmumula sa taas yan po ay napupunta sa dagat,” Panganiban said.

“Kahit po mga simpleng pagtatapon ng balat ng candy, malaking katulungan po iyan sa atin na hindi na mapupunta pa sa dagat,” she added reminding the public to observe safety health protocols to fully experience safe and fun travel in the new normal.

DOTr eyes ‘Libreng Sakay’ program in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to launch its ‘Libreng Sakay’ program in Cavite.

During the inauguration of the new district office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Imus City on Wednesday (May 12), DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department is looking into launching free transportation to essential workers, frontliners and authorized persons outside residence (APORs).

He further assured continuous construction works on vital infrastructure projects in Cavite, including the much-anticipated LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project.

“Ipagtutulakan ko na matapos ang mga istraktura at istasyon ng partial operability section ng LRT-1 Cavite Extension bago matapos ang termino ng Pangulo,” Secretary Tugade said.

(I will make sure that the LRT-1 Cavite Extension will be on partial operability before the term of the President [Duterte] ends.)

Meanwhile, The DOTr continues to upgrade and build new LTO offices nationwide to provide better service to the public.

Since 2016, the department has added 132 LTO extension offices, district offices, licensing centers, and driver’s license renewal offices, including the new office in Imus, Cavite.

 

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