SAF troopers sent to man Navotas City lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2020   •   844

MANILA, Philippines — More than 700 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) have been deployed to man the streets of Navotas City for the duration of the 14-day lockdown. 

The entire city has been placed under hard lockdown from July 16 up to July 29 due to the surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city. 

Based on the latest report provided by Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, a total of 778 SAF troopers were sent to Navotas City to facilitate the strict implementation of stay-at-home measures. 

Mayor Toby Tiangco said such a move by the PNP is needed to contain the spread of the virus. 

“Kung hindi naman matigas ang ulo ng tao ay hindi kailangan ng pulis (If the people were not stubborn, we wouldn’t need the police for this),” Eleazar said. 

At present, arriving COVID-19 patients are being sent to national isolation facilities as the city’s isolation facility is already full.

To date, there are a total of 1,097 positive cases recorded in the city, 645 of which are active cases.

Tiangco said, local police authorities will not only arrest quarantine violators but also parents of children who are roaming around during lockdown. 

“Hindi talaga hihinto ito kung hindi naman natin ihihinto ang unnecessary movement o hindi kailangang paggalaw ng tao, (This [pandemic] will not end if we will not stop doing unnecessary movement),” he said.

Residents of Navotas City are given a schedule as to when they will be allowed to go out to access essential goods and services. 

Mayor Tiangco warned of charging violators in court if caught for repeated offenses. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Block 31, Lot 36 NBBS Dagat-Dagatan in Navotas City under 15-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   December 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco placed Block 31, lot 36 NBBS Dagat-Dagatan, under strict lockdown after four of its residents were infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The lockdown, which took effect on December 5 and will continue through  December 19, is in accordance with the city government’s  Executive Order No. TMT-056, series of 2020.

Apart from the four individuals who tested positive for the virus, 16 more are under investigation, Tiangco said.

During the lockdown period, all residents of Block 31, Lot 36 are directed to stay home and submit themselves to swab testing. 

Infected residents will be transported to the city’s Community Isolation Facility while the local government provides food packages to their families at home.

“Hindi po natin gusto ang lockdown; mahirap ito para sa ating lahat,” the Mayor said.

“Ngunit kailangan po ito para sa ikabubuti ng bawat isa. Hinihingi po namin ang iyong lubos na suporta at kooperasyon,” he said.

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Mas mababang kaso ng COVID-19, naitala sa Navotas City

Robie de Guzman   •   August 31, 2020

Nakapagtala ng mas mababang kaso ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ang Navotas City kasabay ng mga isinasagawang testing sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, sa mahigit 4,000 positibong kaso ay mahigit 3,000 na ang gumaling mula sa sakit habang 123 ang nasawi. Nasa 494 naman ang aktibong kaso.

Mababa rin ang naitatalang bagong kaso ng impeksyon sa lungsod – mula sa 24 kaso ay 15 na lamang ito sa mga nakalipas na araw.

Ayon sa alkalde, maaaring nakatulong sa pagbaba ng kaso ang maigting na COVID-19 testing, hindi lamang sa mga nakatira sa lungsod kundi pa rin sa mga taga-ibang lugar pero sa Navotas nagta-trabaho.

“’Pag ang isang tao ay naging positive ay iko-contact trace natin siya within 24 hours. Ibig sabihin, dapat natin malaman within 24 hours kung sinong direktang nakasalamuha niya. After siyang ma-contact trace ay dadalhin na siya sa isolation facility,” ani Tiangco.

Hindi ho kami pumapayag ng home quarantine dahil karamihan nga ng hawaan ay nasa loob ng bahay,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa kabila nito, nanawagan ang alkalde sa mga residente sa lungsod na huwag maging kampante at ituloy pa rin ang pagsunod sa health protocols kontra COVID-19.

“Mahaba pa ito eh. Hindi naman porke’t bumaba na ‘yan ay dapat maging confident tayo. Of course, dapat matuwa tayo pero dapat, ang mas importante is, pagsikapan pa natin na lalong mapababa,” ani Tiangco.

Sa kasalukuyan aniya ay binibigyang prayoridad ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pagsusuri sa non-medical frontline workers gaya ng mga tsuper ng public utility vehicles, mga nagtitinda sa palengke at namamasukan sa grocery stores.

Naglagay na rin ng dagdag na isolation facilities sa lungsod upang mapalawig ang bed capacity at accommodation para sa positive cases.

Muli namang nanawagan si Tiangco sa mga residente na magsuot pa rin ng face mask at face shield sa tuwing lalabas ng bahay, panatilihin rin ang physical distancing at palaging maghugas ng kamay. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Lockdown violators in Navotas City reach 3,896

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The local police in the city of Navotas reported an increase in lockdown violators in the past weeks. 

From 3,600 on July 16, the number increased to 3,894 on July 23. 

As of Thursday (July 23), the city government has hit its target of 1,000 swab testing per day. 

Mayor Toby Tiangco announced that the community swab testing has also started, although only 577 individuals submitted for testing on the first day.

In his broadcast on Facebook, Mayor Tiangco encouraged Navoteños to avail of the opportunity to take the swab tests to immediately address whether anyone tests positive.

“Hinihikayat ko po ang lahat na makiisa o pumunta doon sa ating community swabbing (I am encouraging everyone to join in the community swabbing],” Mayor Tiangco said.

Mas mabuti na po kung alam nyo kung kayo ay may COVID-19 o wala. Ito lamang po ang paraan para malaman ninyo dahil karamihan po ng ating positive ay walang sintomas o asymptomatic (It would be better know if you have COVID-19. This is the only way to know it because most of our positive cases are asymptomatic),” he added.

He constantly calls on his constituents to heed the government-imposed health protocols to be able to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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