Parts of Baclaran under ‘calibrated lockdown’, Mayor Olivarez says

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2020   •   264

MANILA, Philippines – Some areas in Baclaran, Parañaque City have been placed under a three-day “calibrated lockdown”, Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced.

In a Facebook post, Olivarez said the following areas will be on lockdown starting Thursday, May 21:

  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bagong Lipunan
  • Bagong Pag-asa
  • Bagong Ilog
  • E. Rodriguez
  • Bagong Buhay
  • Bagong Silang
  • Dimasalang Extension
  • Mabuhay
  • 12 De Junio

Olivarez said the lockdown will take effect from 6 a.m. of Thursday, May 21 until 12 midnight of Saturday, May 23.

During the lockdown, home quarantine passes are temporarily suspended and only those who are working as frontliners will be allowed to go out of their residences.

“Para sa mas epektibong pagpapatupad ng “lockdown,” bawat tahanan ay pagkakalooban ng kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan tulad ng pagkain at tubig na ipapamahagi ng ating pamahalaang lungsod mula Huwebes ng hapon hanggang sa ikatlong araw (Sabado), sa pakikipagtulungan ni Kapitan Jun Zaide ng Barangay Baclaran,” Olivarez said.

The mayor also said that mass testing among residents, and a total disinfection will be conducted during the lockdown.

As of May 20, Parañaque City has a total of 652 coronavirus cases with 42 deaths and 355 recoveries.

Parts of Parañaque to be placed under strict quarantine due to high COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Parts of several barangays in Parañaque City reported with high cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be placed under ‘strict’ community quarantine for three days.

In a Facebook post, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the measure aims to curb the spread of the viral disease in the concerned barangays.

Olivarez said that these barangays – San Dionisio, San Antonio and Baclaran – are considered as areas “under immediate concern.”

He, however, clarified that the entire barangay will not be placed on lockdown but only particular streets and sitios with alarming COVID-19 incidents.

“Possibly, a reasonable lockdown may be implemented also on particular streets or sitios were COVID-19 incidents are alarming, but not on the entire barangay,” he explained after a consultation with concerned barangay officials.

The mayor said that as of May 15, Barangay San Dionisio recorded 82 COVID-19 cases, San Antonio with 79 while Baclaran reported 49.

Other barangays in Parañaque that recorded high infection cases are BF Homes with 66, Don Bosco with 60, and Moonwalk, 58.

But BF homes and Don Bosco will not be included in the strict community quarantine as it has not reported new cases for the past 10 days.

“The COVID-19 cases in Barangays BF Homes and Don Bosco are stabilizing for one week, unlike in Barangay Baclaran,” Olivarez said.

The mayor said an executive order detailing the dates of the imposition of strict quarantine will be issued in the coming days.

He also assured that residents will be given ample time to stock on their needs before the lockdown is implemented.

Olivarez likewise said he has directed the City Health Office to immediately isolate persons infected with COVID-19, as well as those that are found to be probable or suspected cases.

“Immediately after isolating the patients in the said barangays, the city government would conduct rapid testing on 3,000 individuals on each of the barangays and conduct contact tracing,” he said.

As of May 18, the city has recorded a total of 648 cases. Of this number, 261 are active cases, 293 patients have recovered while 42 died. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Public warned after fish kill hits Las Piñas, Parañaque

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tubs of dead fish were collected along the coastal vicinity of Las Piñas and Parañaque, specifically in the ecotourism area of Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Upon reports of the fish kill on Thursday morning (October 10), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) immediately dispatched a team of fisheries protection and law enforcement group along with technical personnel to collect water samples and investigate the cause of the fish kill.

Following the incident, the DA-BFAR in a statement advised the public not to consume dead fishes collected from the affected area pending the results of the investigation.

The agency is now working closely with the local government unit regarding the proper disposal of the dead fish. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

600 arrested in Parañaque’s 3-day police operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019

Around 600 individuals have been arrested during the three-day police operation of the Parañaque Police and Southern Police District.

Authorities arrested 25 personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs while 554 were arrested for violating various city ordinances including traffic violations, loitering, and smoking in public places.

According to Parañaque City Police Station Chief PCol. Robin Sarmiento, they were also able to rescue 76 minors.

“In order to control iyong pagdami ng insidente sa physical injuries (This [police operation] is to control the increase of physical injury incidents),” he said.

The arrested individuals are now in police custody while the 76 minors are in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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