Navotas puts 10 virus-stricken barangays under ECQ

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2020 08:41 PM

A Philippine Coast Guard personnel checks the temperature of an outgoing fisherman at a dispatch station inside a fishing village in Navotas City, May 6, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Navotas city government on Friday said it would be placing 10 barangays under enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The strict measure will take effect from 5:01 a.m., Saturday, May 23, to 11:59 p.m. of May 31, according to an executive order signed by Mayor Toby Tiangco.

The lockdown will cover barangays Daanghari, NBBS Dagat-Dagatan, NBBS Kaunlaran, NBBS Proper, NBBN, San Jose, San Roque, Sipac Almacen, Tangos North, and Tangos South.

The barangays recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the city, according to the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the National Capital Region.

In a statement, Tiango said only 1 person per household would be allowed to use the home quarantine pass.

The city government will also implement specific shopping days for different villages.

Picking up fresh produce and other essentials is only allowed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for those living in San Rafael Village, NBBS Kaunlaran, Bangkulasi, Bagumbayan South, Navotas East, Sipac-Almacen, Daanghari, Tangos North and Tanza 1.

Those from NBBS Proper, NBBS Dagat-Dagatan, NBBN, Bagumbayan North, Navotas West, San Jose, San Roque, Tangos South and Tanza 2 can stock up on food on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Public markets are closed on Sunday for cleaning and disinfection.

Essential workers are allowed to go to work provided they bring a valid company ID or a certificate of employment, Tiangco said.

“Vulnerable sector, particularly the elderly and young children are not allowed to go out, except for emergency purposes,” the mayor added.

Face masks and physical distancing are mandatory.

Based on data from the city health office, Tiangco said markets pose a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“We already have 138 cases of COVID-19. We need to double our efforts to slow down the increase of cases in our city,” he said.