Valenzuela City placed under state of calamity amid COVID-19 threat


Posted at Mar 16 2020 06:47 PM

Health workers from the Valenzuela City government check the temperatures of motorcycle riders entering the checkpoint between Valenzuela City and Meycauayan, Bulacan on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Valenzuela City has declared a state of calamity on Monday, shortly after Malacañang placed Metro Manila under an “enhanced community quarantine” to stop the COVID-19 contagion.

Under the law, local government units are authorized to spend their quick response funds in the event their jurisdiction experiences a calamity.

Valenzuela’s state of calamity declaration was confirmed thru Mayor Rex Gatchalian’s post on his official Twitter page.

Other Metro Manila cities that declared a state of calamity as of March 16 include Las Piñas, Manila, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Pasay, San Juan, and Quezon City.

As of March 15, 140 individuals in the Philippines tested positive for the disease. Twelve died, 2 recuperated, while others remain confined in hospitals.

The COVID-19 has killed nearly 5,000 people and infected 150,000 others worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it as a global pandemic.