LEGAZPI CITY – The Local Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has prodded all the 70 barangay chairpersons of this city to remind their constituents to strictly follow the minimum health and safety protocols to stop the alarming rise in coronavirus diseases (Covid-19) infections.
Mayor Noel E. Rosal, chair of the city IATF-EID, in an interview on Thursday said he has directed all the village chiefs to monitor their constituents and explain to them that mass gatherings are strictly prohibited, noting that Legazpi is now at an “unstable level” of Covid-19 contagion.
He ordered the barangay officials to issue citation tickets, if needed, to those individuals who are not observing the proper health protocols such as wearing a face mask, face shield, and social distancing outside residents.
”We are also suspending the community pantry to avoid the overcrowding of the people in the community,” Rosal said, noting that the city government would soon start to give assistance to the residents under the general community quarantine (GCQ) through house-to-house distribution.
“During the Zoom meeting with City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Health Office (CHO), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) city field office, and the Liga ng mga Barangay on Tuesday suggested already to fast-track the packaging of relief items to start soon the distribution to the 65,000 families of this city,” he added.
City DILG Field Officer Susan Emcee Santiago, in a separate interview, said during the meeting, she suggested to the Liga ng mga Barangay encouraging the village watchmen to conduct regular patrol in their areas, particularly in the interior portions, so that the city’s curfew ordinance could be properly implemented from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“We need to implement properly the wearing of face mask and face shield as part of the protocol but I received some calls and text messages that most of the people in the barangay particularly in the far-flung villages are not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing,” she said.
Santiago said members of the Barangay Health Emergency and Response Team (BHERT) should also help in identifying virus carriers for easier contact tracing.
Legazpi City recorded Wednesday 69 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing to 678 the total number of active cases.
Since March last year, Legazpi City has logged a total of 1,394 coronavirus cases, 692 recoveries, and 24 deaths. (PNA)