Mayor Isko authorizes heads of barangays in Manila to declare lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   March 25, 2021   •   463

MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso  signed on Wednesday (March 24) an executive order authorizing heads of barangays to declare lockdown in their areas subject to certain conditions.

Under Executive Order No. 12, Domagoso said that barangay officials could declare lockdown in their respective areas of authority given that the number of COVID-19 active cases are 10 or more.

The order states that “within three hours from its issuance, the order placing the barangay, or portion thereof, under Critical Zone Containment shall be forwarded to the City Mayor for his confirmation.”

“The Punong Barangay shall give a two-day prior notice to his constituents and businesses/other stakeholders operating in the barangay,” it added.

The Manila Health Department shall likewise verify the existence of COVID-19 active cases before the barangay could start its lockdown.

All residents under the barangays to be placed under lockdown shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes, Domagoso said.

The order meanwhile exempts the following:

  • health workers
  • military personnel
  • service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation)
    essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services)
  • barangay officials (Chairpersons, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurers, Kagawads, and Executive Officers)
  • media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force

The Mayor also ordered police station commanders covering the said barangays to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the lockdown.

For the recent week, a total number of 29 barangays, one street, and one cluster lockdown have been placed under four-day lockdown.

As of Wednesday, the city has logged 3,667 active COVID-19 cases with a running total of 31,383 recoveries and 866 deaths.

Duterte: Closing down the economy would be ‘a disaster’ for PH

Marje Pelayo   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte clarified the government’s decision not to impose nationwide lockdown despite the surge in cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

The President said that a massive lockdown would imperil the country’s economy.

“So kung sarahan mo naman iyan lahat, medyo tagilid na ang ekonomiya. That’s a problem,” he said.

“It would be a disaster for our country. Kung sarahan mo talaga lahat it would be a disaster for the country,” he added.

This was the President’s statement following the implementation of a National Capital Region (NCR) Plus Bubble which placed Metro Manila and four nearby provinces Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under hard general community quarantine (GCQ).

The measure took effect on March 22 and will remain until April 4.

Duterte insisted on maintaining a balance in the current situation by limiting the movement of people.

“Not so many are being affected in the sense that your movements are being curtailed. The curtailment of your freedom to travel is always subject to the power of the state to control the movement of its citizens especially if there is pandemic,” the President explained.

“The state has that kind of power, although hindi yan sa martial law. It’s just putting you at the right places at the right time at this time,” he added.

Non-essential travel is not allowed to and from areas within the NCR Plus Bubble.

Only authorized persons outside residence are allowed entry and exit.

Aside from travel restrictions, gatherings are also not allowed even religious gatherings.

Outdoor dining is allowed in restaurants but only at 50 percent dine-in capacity.

16 more barangays in Manila placed under 4-day lockdown

UNTV News   •   March 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila on Sunday announced that 16 more barangays will be placed under a four-day lockdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the nation’s capital.

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso declared these barangays as “critical zones” after he signed Executive Order No. 11 which mandates a rapid response operation to contain the resurgence and spread of COVID-19.

The following areas will be placed under lockdown starting Wednesday, March 24, at 12:01 am until Saturday, March 27 at 11:59 pm:

  • Barangay 1
  • Barangay 50
  • Barangay 106
  • Barangay 109
  • Barangay 184
  • Barangay 192
  • Barangay 209
  • Barangay 296
  • Barangay 493
  • Barangay 515
  • Barangay 586
  • Barangay 636
  • Barangay 669
  • Barangay 790
  • Barangay 883
  • Barangay 875

 The executive order was issued upon the Manila Health Department (MHD) to lock down these areas for disease surveillance and massive contact tracing activities.

Domagoso said, all residents of these areas shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.

Exempted from the order are the following:

  • health workers
  • military personnel
  • service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation)
  • essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services)
  • barangay officials (Chairpersons, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurers, Kagawads, and Executive Officers)
  • media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force

“Station Commanders of Police Stations covering the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” the executive order stated.

To boost the city’s contingency plans, the local government increased its quarantine bed capacity by 300 beds, which are located in Dormitels.PH in G. Tuazon, T.M. Kalaw, and Ermita.

The Mayor has also appealed to motel owners in the city to let their facilities be used as additional quarantine spaces.

As of Sunday, March 21, the MHD has recorded about 2,656 active COVID-19 cases in the city with a running total of 30,336 recoveries and 852 deaths.

Caloocan LGU magpapatupad ng lockdown sa ilang lugar simula Marso 22

Marje Pelayo   •   March 19, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Isasailalim ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Caloocan sa lockdown ang Kingstown 2 at Queensville sa Barangay 171 simula 12:01 ng umaga ng Lunes (March 22) hanggang 11:59 ng gabi ng Linggo (March 28).

Ayon kay Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan, ang ipatutupad na lockdown ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ay bunsod ng patuloy na pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa lugar.

“Kailangan muna nating limitahan ang galaw ng mga residente sa dalawang subdivision upang hindi na lumaganap ang sakit,” pahayag ng alkalde.

“Sa loob ng pitong araw na lockdown ay magsasagawa tayo ng mass testing, misting at disinfecting operations,” dagdag nito.

Mamamahagi naman ng food boxes ang mga Pamahalaang Lungsod sa mga bahay kung kaya’t inaabisuhan ang mga residente na maglagay ng mga upuan labas ng kanilang tahanan upang mapaglagyan ng kanilang food box.

Sa kasalukuyan ay mayroong 15 kaso ng COVID-19 sa Queensville at Kingstown 2 habang may kabuuang bilang na 61 active cases naman ang Barangay 171.

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