Rizal village under 14-day total lockdown to curb COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020   •   461

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay San Jose in Montalban, Rizal is under total lockdown starting April 27 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the Executive Order MDLH-044 s. of 2020, signed by Montalban Mayor Dennis Hernandez, the total lockdown imposed on the San Jose village will be in effect for 14 days or until May 10, 2020.

The order comes after the municipality recorded 10 positive coronavirus cases with one fatality. Barangay San Jose has a population of 200,000.

The guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases states that a barangay-wide quarantine is advised if there are at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay.

The order states that all borders and checkpoints boundary of the barangay shall be closed and no residents will be allowed to go out of their homes except for those accessing basic necessities such as food and medicine. They will only be allowed to leave their residences from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

Residents working in manufacturing sector and retailers of basic food items and medicines will also be allowed entry into the village.

Banks and other essential establishments will also remain in operation.

Entry and exit of public transport, such as tricycles, habal-habal, electric trike, that are carrying medical workers will also be allowed, provided that strict physical distancing will be observed.

Local village officials have called on residents to stay home and follow the quarantine protocols. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Cavite, Rizal governors ask IATF to allow motorcycle backriding for married, cohabiting couples

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla initiated an appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to allow motorcycle backriding particularly for married or cohabiting couples.

In his open letter addressed to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Remulla explained that because of the impact of the outbreak on businesses, many companies couldn’t prioritize providing shuttle services for their employees, at least in Cavite, and mass transportation remains limited which adds to the burden of workers and employees going to and from workplaces.

He noted that while he agrees with the national government in implementing strict social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which prompted a ban on motorcycle backriding, he appealed that exemptions be given to married or cohabiting couples.

Ang nais ko pong idulog ay mapayagan ang backriding sa kaso ng mga mag-asawa at nagsasama (I ask that you allow backriding for married and cohabiting couples),” Remulla said given that married couples live under one roof and sleep on the same bed.

“Kung hinahayaan po natin silang sumakay sa de aircon na kotse, bakit hindi po sila maaring sumakay sa iisang motorsiklo? Kung pareho sila ng kamang tinutulugan, bakit hindi sila puwedeng magbyaheng magkasama? (If we allow them to ride an air-conditioned car, why not allow them on the same motorcycle? If they sleep on the same bed, why can’t they travel together?]” he argued.

The Cavite governor said the provincial government is willing to provide a ‘Couple’s Pass’ which married couples may support with a marriage certificate.

Meanwhile, Acting Rizal Governor Dr. Reynaldo San Juan Jr. also made a similar appeal in an open letter to the IATF.

Governor San Juan argued that since transportation is limited during the quarantine period, motorcycles are the “cheapest and fastest” way of getting to work or to a destination. 

He specifically noted the plight of women who are compelled to walk long distances just to get to work.

Dahil hindi pinayagan ng IATF ang backrider, napipilitang maglakad ang mga kababaihang asawa ng mga nagmo-motorcycle ng ilang oras para lamang makarating sa kanilang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan, (Because IATF has banned backriding, the wives of motorcycle riders are forced to walk for several hours just to get to work)” San Juan said.

San Juan ascertained that they will enforce the necessary measures for the protection of the riders and the general public should the IATF grant his appeal.

These include the strict implementation of wearing masks, presentation of proper identification cards, travel pass and marriage certificate to make sure that the proposed policy will not be abused or taken advantage of.

Barangay Mauway in Mandaluyong City placed under total lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Mauway in Mandaluyong City has been placed on a two-day total lockdown beginning 12:00 a.m. of May 11 until 11:59 p.m. of May 13 due to the high rate of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the area.

Based on records of the City Health Department, the village has recorded a total of 71 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number among barangays in Mandaluyong City. 

Barangay officials hastily packed relief items from the city government and quickly distributed the goods to constituents before the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Barangay Chief Bernie Evangelista expressed dismay over the short notice and lack of coordination from the city government with regard to the implementation of the lockdown.

Evangelista said they were surprised by the announcement because there was no final briefing held from the local government as to the rules and procedures of the lockdown. 

They were given only a day to pack and distribute the relief goods to around 10,000 registered families in the area.

“They want us to be blamed by our constituents na kami ang may pagkukulang, eh aabot sa 10,000 itong idedeliver namin (They want us to be blamed by our constituents for the lapses, but there are about 10,000 of these [relief packs] that we still need to deliver),” Evangelista lamented.

“ Paano na ang mga concern namin kung ipatutupad ito (what about our concerns regarding the implementation of the lockdown)? Unang una hindi ito praktikal (First of all, it’s not practical). Ano ang purpose(What is the purpose for it)? Anong gusto i-achieve nito? (What does it hope to achieve)? ” he added.

Evangelista also expressed concern for constituents who might test positive for COVID-19 as they do not have enough space for such cases.

Saan mo ngayon dadalhin ang mga magpa-positive dito (Where are we going put those with positive test results)?” he said. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Barangay Bagong Silangan in QC placed under 24-hour total lockdown

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 4, 2020

Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City is placed under a 24-hour total lockdown from May 4 at 5:00 a.m. to May 5 at 5:00 a.m.

According to Barangay Chairman William Cara, the lockdown was implemented due to the residents’ habitual violation of quarantine protocols.

“Sumasakit ang ulo namin sa kakasaway, (We are getting headaches for reprimanding)” he said.

There are currently seven confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barangay Bagong Silangan, according to the report of the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD).

Meanwhile, Disaster Response Task Unit of the Philippine Army Commander Lt. Col. Glenn Dela Rosa said they are providing a one-day relief to the residents in Barangay Bagong Silangan during the total lockdown.

“We have here 20 trucks all in all, so 120 Philippine Army personnel. This is a one-day relief operation for more than 7,000 families here in Barangay Bagong Silangan,” he said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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