MANILA - The City of Manila will be placing Tondo under a hard lockdown over the weekend to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mayor Isko Moreno said on Wednesday.
“Most likely it is going to be May 3 and 4,” Moreno announced on ANC’s Headstart.
Moreno said Tondo is composed of 2 districts - District 1 has recorded 81 COVID-19 cases while District 2 has 51.
“In the case of Tondo, ito kailangang masusi ang pag-aaral dito because as you all know, source ng komersiyo d’yan nanggagaling sa Tondo at isa sa mga pinag-iingatan nating desisyon sa pagpa-plano ng hard lockdown sa Tondo ay 'yung Divisoria vegetable, meat and fish night market because that supplies our markets in 17 Pamilihang Bayan dito sa lungsod, and that helps also Metro Manila public markets,” Moreno said in the interview via Zoom.
The mayor added that they were actually looking at May 2 and 3 and May 3 and 4 as the target date for the 48-hour lockdown after consultations with industries in the west side of the city where the port is located.
“They have preferred dates because hindi masyadong magagambala 'yung operation nila. Kasi may study na ibinigay sa amin ang port operators, ang sabi nila ang pinakamahina nilang labas at dating ng bagahe or containers for that matter is on a Sunday and Monday,” he said.
Moreno assured Tondo residents of food provision during the lockdown period as many of them are from poor households.
“Bago pa magkaroon ng krisis mahirap na sila, mas nahihirapan sila ngayon,” he said.
“We are now on the last phase of this week’s ayuda and after these cash incentives, in a matter of a few hours we're going to start distributing to almost 500,000 individuals, more or less 100,000 families in Tondo,” he said.
He assured Manila’s other districts of the same support from the city.
“Don’t worry sa mga ibang distrito, whatever benefits ang matatanggap ng taga-Tondo galing sa siyudad ng Maynila, matatanggap din nila. it’s just that they (Tondo) are going to face a 48-hour hard lockdown kaya kailangan namin silang mabigyan ng assistance,” he said.
Manila first placed Sampaloc under a hard lockdown from Thursday to Saturday after the district reported the most number of coronavirus infections in the city with 103.
Moreno said while it is too early to say if the Sampaloc lockdown has made impact, he believes that it still helped in changing the mindset of its residents.
“Nakita nila 'yung seriousness. Before tayo nag-lockdown there was about 1,700 violators of ECQ and curfew. Ngayon, halos 150 plus lang ang violators,” he said.
He added, “If we do this in a longer period, I am definite with my answer that it will help. For the meantime, successful siya and I am grateful to the people of Sampaloc.”