Local officials' group backs longer Luzon lockdown


Posted at Apr 07 2020 09:35 AM | Updated as of Apr 07 2020 10:58 AM

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The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines "will support" the possible extension of the Luzon-wide lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19, the group's leader said Tuesday.

At the same time, the group will "appreciate" any help from the national government for barangay officers who supervise the home quarantine of potential COVID-19 patients, mayors who oversee trade, and governors who manage the healthcare system, said ULAP president and Quirino Governor Dakila Chua.

"Every LGU has a role in this and every LGU is finding difficulty in terms of funding and resources," he told ANC.

Cua also said there was a discrepancy between the number of families who need aid and the slots for the national government's cash aid.

In Quirino, the program only covered 60 to 70 percent of residents, of whom majority are farmers, fishpond operators, market vendors, and public vehicle drivers, said its governor.

"Sa oras ngayon, wala pong pinipili itong problema. Middle class man o mahirap e lahat po apektado, lahat po nangangailangan ng ayuda," he said.

(At this time, the problem exempts no one. Whether middle class or poor, everyone is affected, everyone needs help.)

"Kung mayroon mang ayuda ang national government sa ating mga local government, malaking maitutulong ito. Baka puwede po nating pagtulungan iyong mga gaps ng ating program," he added.

(If there is aid from the national government for our local governments, this will help a lot. Perhaps, we could work together on filling the gaps in our program.)

The Philippines as of Monday confirmed 3,660 cases of COVID-19, including 163 deaths and 73 patients who recovered.

ANC, April 7, 2020