Rizal province on lockdown effective April 6

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2020   •   2700

MANILA, Philippines – Another municipality reported its first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case on Saturday (April 4), prompting the Rizal provincial government to place the entire province on lockdown.

On Saturday, the municipal government of Tanay confirmed its first case of COVID-19, a 24-year-old dialysis patient who had no history of overseas travel or exposure to previously confirmed cases.

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Taytay Councilor Papoo Cruz , citing an executive order signed by Rizal Acting Governor Reynaldo San Juan Jr., said the lockdown will start at 8:00 am on Monday (April 6) as part of the provincial government’s measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

No less than the province’s Governor Rebecca ‘Nini’ Ynares and her husband tested positive for the disease.

Under the lockdown order, non-Rizal residents will be barred from entering the province’s borders unless they belong to the essential workforce identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IAF).

These are medical health workers, emergency front liners, diplomats, concerned government workers, media personnel and employees who are part of the skeleton forces of essential businesses in operation.

Meanwhile, cargo and delivery trucks transporting food commodities and farm products are allowed in designated food lanes to ensure unhampered movement.

There will also be express lanes for donations intended for medical workers and those in need of immediate medical attention.

Mass transport will remain suspended in the province and special service vehicles will only be provided for frontliners and medical workers.

Residents are reminded to observe the 24-hour curfew and only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out and access essential items under a limited time.

As of Saturday (April 4), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Rizal province as having a total of 98 cases pending further updates.

The province rallies next to Metro Manila among areas that have the highest number of COVID-19 cases which are broken down as follows:

  • Antipolo City, Rizal – 36
  • Cainta, Rizal – 31
  • Taytay, Rizal – 12
  • San Mateo, Rizal – 10
  • Rodriguez, Rizal – 4
  • Binangonan, Rizal – 2
  • Teresa, Rizal – 2
  • Morong, Rizal – 1

Though the Rizal provincial government reported the total number of confirmed cases on its tally is at 106 with 18 mortalities as of April 3.

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Ilang residente sa Caloocan, umaapela ng ayuda matapos palawigin ang lockdown sa kanilang barangay

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nananawagan sa pamahalaang panlungsod ng Caloocan ang ilang residente sa Barangay 12 Dagat-Dagatan na bigyan sila ng ayuda matapos mapalawig ang lockdown sa kanilang lugar.

Ayon sa ilang residente, hindi nila napaghandaan ang extension ng barangay lockdown kaya kulang na ang supply ng kanilang pagkain.

Hindi naman sila makalabas ng bahay upang mamili ng kanilang mga kailangan.

“Paano na ang buhay namin? May tindahan sarado, bawal mamalengke. Ang pagkain namin isang linggo lang ang naka-stock e bawal po kami palabasin e,” daing ng residenteng si Angelina Duque.

Aniya, kasama niya sa bahay ang kanyang mga apo na higit na kailangang mabigyan ng pagkain kaya’t naisip niyang magpaskil sa labas ng bahay ng mga pangangailangan ng mga bata.

Ang residenteng si Zaldy Beltran, idinaing rin ang umano’y walang abisong pagpapalawig ng lockdown sa kanilang barangay.

“Siyempre hindi namin ineexpect na ganito. So talagang naalarma kami. Di namin alam na biglang ano ganito na ang sitwasyon,” ani Beltran.

Nanindigan naman si Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan na hindi nila pinapabayaan ang kanilang mga residente at patuloy ang pamimigay nila ng relief packs.

Iginiit rin niyang para sa kapakanan ng mga residente ang pagsasailalim sa lockdown ng mga barangay lalo na sa mga may matataas na kaso ng novel coronavirus disease.

“Namimigay kami ng relief, hindi namin pababayaan… Ang mga barangay na idineklara natin na lockdown ito po ay para sa inyo, para sa ganun ay hindi na lumaganap ng husto sa inyong mga barangay,” ani Malapitan.

Nasa 34,000 ang bilang ng mga residente sa Barangay 12 at mahigit 50 rito ang kumpirmadong dinapuan ng COVID-19.

Samantala, isinailalim naman simula ngayong araw sa extreme enhanced community quarantine ang Barangay 28 sa Caloocan City matapos makapagtala ng 28 active cases batay sa datos noong May 23. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

E-dalaw for PDLs in Occidental Mindoro

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

A jail facility in Occidental Mindoro launched an E-dalaw Program for persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to still be able to see their loved ones.

The San Jose District Jail installed computers for PDLs to be able to video call their relatives amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

According to San Jose District Jail Welfare and Development Officer JO1 Archie Familara said the E-dalaw can help the PDLs cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

There are currently 129 detainees inside the jail, 12 of whom have already been released since the implementation of the ECQ.

“Ito ang pinakamagandang activity since wala po tayong contact, wala tayong dalaw na personal (This is the best activity since we have no contact, no personal visits). Mayroon tayong (we have) video conferencing with the family,” he said. AAC (with reports from Von San Pedro)

WHO says “slow, steady” lifting of lockdowns is key

UNTV News   •   May 12, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday (May 11) that “extreme vigilance” was needed as countries begin to exit from lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, amid global concerns about the second wave of infections.

Germany earlier reported an acceleration in new coronavirus infections after it took early steps to ease its lockdown. South Korea, another country that had succeeded in limiting virus infections, has seen a new outbreak in nightclubs.

Governments around the world are struggling with the question of how to reopen their economies while still containing COVID-19.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online news briefing that lifting restrictions were “complex and difficult” and that the “slow, steady lifting of lockdowns” was key. (Reuters)

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