SAF troopers sent to man Navotas City lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2020   •   446

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)

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).

Navotas City ranks second highest in COVID-19 cases

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Navotas City remains under strict community quarantine as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to rise in the area.

Currently, the city has recorded a total of 1,054 COVID-19 cases, coming in second to Cebu City which has recorded 6,320 positive cases.

The figure was based on the number of the city’s residents relative to the one million population, as posted on Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco’s social media account.

Ayon sa datos, pumapangalawa ang Navotas sa may pinakamaraming kaso ng COVID-19 kung pagbabasehan ang bilang ng…

Posted by Toby Tiangco on Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The city government has imposed a fine of P250 to P4,000 and an eight-hour community service on quarantine violators and yet, their number continues to shoot up, reaching more than 3,000 since the lockdown started on July 16.

To control the spread of the virus, the city government is conducting free COVID-19 testing which started on Wednesday (July 22).

The effort targets 1,000 Navoteños a day to undergo swab testing until July 31.

Meanwhile, the city government will conduct lockdown testing from July 23 to 25 which includes minors, persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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Navotas to undergo 14-day lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

Navotas City will be placed under a 14-day lockdown due to the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco confirmed what has been floating on social media regarding the lockdown, although he added that he is still yet to sign the directive.

Based on the report of City Health officials on Sunday (July 12), there are 931 confirmed cases in the city.

Tiangco lamented that despite the rising cases, residents continue to leave their houses irresponsibly. He also said that several children are playing outside without wearing face masks.

Barangay NBBS Dagat-dagatan has the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city.

Barangay Chairperson Zenaida Tibulan said most of the residents thought there is less danger when community quarantine eased.

Lahat halos lumalabas na noong nagkaroon ng GCQ parang pakiramdam nila natapos na ang problema. Sobra lang mahirap talaga para masasabi nating ma-control ang mga tao at mga bata na lumabas (Almost everyone went outside when GCQ was implemented, they thought the problem is over. It is really difficult to control residents and children not to leave their houses),” she said.

Mayor Tiangco said he is still waiting for the augmentation force he requested from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to begin the implementation of the lockdown in the city. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento).

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