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Cimatu to move isolation centers out of Cebu City barangays to prevent COVID transmission

By Noreen Jazul

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said isolation centers put up inside barangays in Cebu City will be transferred farther to further prevent the local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu speaks at the “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: The Pre-SONA Forum” at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Wednesday, (RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN)

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

In an interview with ANC on Tuesday, Cimatu said the putting up of isolation centers within barangays has contributed to the increase in the number of cases in the city.

“In their anticipation to stop [the increase of cases], nag put up sila ng isolation centers in their barangays, ginamit nila ang eskwelahan. Doon na ngayon nagkaroon ng spread among themselves lang sa barangay. So, ito ang nagyari sa atin. So, we’re going to stop this (They put up isolation centers in their barangyas, they used schools as isolation centers, and that’s how the virus started to spread among themselves, within the barangay. That’s what happened, so we’re going to stop this),” Cimatu, head the Region 7 COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), said.

“I have to transfer iyong isolation structure nila outside of their respective barangays. Ilalayo ko para di na maulit ito (I have to transfer the isolation structures outside of their respective barangays. They need to be moved farther),” he added.

As of June 30, Cimatu said 12 barangays in Cebu City have been placed under hard lockdown, namely: Basak San Nicolas, Sambag Dos, Kamputhaw, Sambag Uno, Mabolo, Guadalupe, Lahug, Duljo, Tinago, Tisa, Ermita, and Tejero.

Cimatu said the 12 barangays have a “special” quarantine classification.

“Kahit nababa na iyong classification in the whole of Cebu City, itong 12 na ito ay [on hard lockdown] pa rin unless very dramatic ang improvement dito, (Unless there will be dramatic improvements in the 12 barangays, all of them will still be placed under hard lockdown even if the quarantine classification in the whole of Cebu City will be lowered),” Cimatu said.

The environment chief said the government will bring food to residents of the 12 barangays to prevent them from going out of their homes.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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