MANILA – The city government of Manila has authorized village chiefs to impose localized lockdowns as part of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) containment strategies.
To effectively contain the resurgence and spread of Covid-19, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed late Wednesday Executive Order (EO) No. 12.
“Akin na pong pinirmahan ang (I have already signed) Executive Order No. 12, authorizing Punong Barangay (village chief) to declare, subject to certain conditions, their barangay or portion thereof, as critical zone per zoning containment strategy in order to provide immediate, rapid response operation to contain the resurgence and spread of Covid-19 within their respective territorial jurisdiction,” he said.
Domagoso said the EO will empower barangay officials to speed up decision-making and avoid bureaucracy. It will also allow officials to closely monitor community members.
However, the authority to place a village or a portion of it under lockdown should be used only if there are at least Covid-19 infections as verified by the Manila Health Department (MHD).
A two-day prior notice must be given to the residents as well as businesses that will be affected by the lockdown.
“Within three hours from its issuance, the order placing the barangay or portion thereof under Critical Zone Containment shall be forwarded to the City Mayor for his confirmation,” the EO read.
The EO directed anew police station commanders to deploy officers and personnel for the effective implementation of lockdowns.
Twenty-nine villages, one cluster and one street are under a four-day lockdown this week, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.
As of Wednesday, there were 3,667 active Covid-19 cases recorded by the MHD, with 587 from Tondo 1 and 551 from Sampaloc.
A total of 31,383 have recovered (291 on Wednesday) and 866 died.
Commission on Elections offices in Manila are also closed for disinfection from Wednesday to Sunday. Registration will resume on Monday, March 29. (PNA)