MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will realign the deployment of security forces following the extension of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in parts of the country, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Friday.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Año said the agency would beef up security in areas to remain under the enhanced community quarantine until May 15.
The DILG has supervision over the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, local government units and barangays.
“Para masigurado na ang border ay walang papasok at lalabas,” he said.
The Interior secretary believes the country is on the right track with its handling of the pandemic.
“Tama ito para mag-zero in tayo doon sa affected areas,” he said.
“Sana after May 15, mag-graduate na itong areas at ma-control ang spread,” he added.
The extended lockdown, Año said, hopes to free up the capacity of the hospital system against the threat of a second wave of infection.
The following areas will remain under enhanced community quarantine until May 15, some of which are subject to rechecking: Metro Manila, Benguet, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, Catanduanes, Davao Del Norte, Davao City, Antique, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Cebu City, Cebu and Davao De Oro.
Meanwhile, areas under the general community quarantine will still be subjected to regular checkpoint and curfew for non-workers.
Public transport is also allowed to operate, but at reduced capacity, Año said.
“Magpapatupad pa rin ng physical distancing at pagsuot ng face mask,” he added.
(We will still enforce physical distancing and use of face masks.)
To date, the Philippines has a cumulative 7,192 coronavirus cases, of whom 477 died while 762 recovered.