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112 areas placed under lockdown

By Chito Chavez

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday that 112 areas have been placed under localized lockdown by their respective local government units (LGUs) in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (NTF Against COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año
(NTF Against COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the “localized lockdown” is the best approach in containing COVID-19 as it surgically targets areas where cases, either positive or suspected, are concentrated.”

He added that the localized lockdown is a valuable method that can prevent the spread of the virus in the community.

“Localized lockdown is like hitting COVID-19 at its source which has been proven to be effective especially in the 112 areas where it is currently being implemented. It really works since the hot zone areas are secluded from the rest of the community, hence, stopping the transmission to other communities,” Año said.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently issued the operational guidelines on the application of the zoning strategy in implementing the National Action Plan against COVID-19.

DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that of the 112 areas that have been placed under localized lockdown as of June 21, 67 are in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); 18 in the National Capital Region, 19 in Cebu City, one each in Cavite, Quezon Province, and Leyte, and five in Cagayan de Oro City.

He added that CAR has 67 areas which have carried out or are carrying out localized lockdown encompassing seven municipalities, 51 barangays, one purok, one subdivision, two buildings and five zones within Mt. Province, Province of Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Abra, Benguet, and Baguio City.

Malaya said the decision of the LGUs to place their barangays under localized lockdown is “contributory to the low number of positive cases in CAR.”

As of this writing, CAR only has 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 62 of which are active while 42 cases have already recovered. It currently has a 1.8% case fatality rate.

The DILG noted that the COVID-19 hotspots such as the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cebu City have 18 and 19 areas that have been placed under localized lockdown, respectively.

In the NCR, Quezon City has four areas under localized quarantine, nine in Parañaque City, two in Caloocan City, and one each in Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, and Malabon City.

In Cebu City, there are 19 containment zones including Sambag II, Punta Princesa, Tejero, and Inayawan.

The following barangays in the area were identified as hotspots and are under strict lockdown: Sambag II, Kamputhaw, Sambag 1, Basak San Nicola, Mabolo, Guadalupe, Lahug, Duljo Fatima, Tinago, Tisa, Ermita, and Tejero.

Malaya said that since the beginning of the GCQ/MGCQ, the national government has shifted to the zoning containment strategy since the COVID-19 cases being reported now are clustered in several municipalities and communities, making large scale containment operations and interventions no longer feasible, efficient, and cost-effective.

“Thus, the NTF saw the need for an LGU-led containment strategy where LGUs could monitor the pandemic more accurately in their respective areas and allow them to adopt a calibrated response that can adapt to emerging conditions in their areas, enabling them to stay ahead of the outbreak trajectory,” Malaya said.

Malaya said that the LGUs, with the concurrence of their regional IATF, are encouraged to place areas, may it be a street, purok, barangay, or the whole city or municipality under localized lockdown ‘if the numbers and data point towards that direction.

“LGUs must do all necessary precautionary measures for the safety of their constituents including the localized lockdown,” he added.

He also reminded the LGUs to organize quick response teams (QRTs) that will carry out the test-trace-treat strategy against COVID-19 in the lockdown areas.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/26/112-areas-placed-under-lockdown/)

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