Twenty areas in five Quezon City (QC) barangays will be placed under the 14-day special concern lockdown (SCL) starting 5 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13) for having the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city.
The Quezon City government on Tuesday said that initially the SCL will be enforced in high-risk areas in barangays Bahay Toro, Culiat, Sauyo, Batasan Hills, and Tatalon.
As of May 11, Barangay Culiat has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 37, followed by Barangays Batasan Hills, 29; Bahay Toro, 21; Sauyo, 19; and Tatalon, 17.
However, the city government has yet to identify the high-risk areas in the five barangays.
Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said these areas were initially chosen by the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) based on the results of community-based testing it conducted through its Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU).
Instead of a total lockdown on the whole barangay, Kimpo said the city government will focus on the high-risk areas of each of these barangays where clustering of COVID-19 cases are numerous.
These high risk areas may be a block, street, or compound within the aforementioned barangays, Kimpo said.
In preventing the spread of COVID-19, Kimpo said another major area of concern is the high density population of places where quarantine protocols are neglected.
He said the QCHD will focus on densely populated locations where COVID-19 transmission is most likely to occur.
Since the containment of the virus is a primary concern, Kimpo said the city government will further strengthen its community-based testing and quarantine efforts.
Kimpo assured the residents of the high-risk areas in the five barangays that the city government will provide them with food and other assistance.
Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU), said they will conduct intensified testing and monitoring in these areas to ensure that they are COVID-free after the 14-day quarantine period ends.
Kimpo noted that quarantine officers from the newly formed “QC Laban COVID-19” team will help the QCESU perform its job by ensuring the strict enforcement of quarantine rules.
The team is composed of members from the City Health Department (CHD), the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Special Action Force (SAF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), under Brig. Gen. Alex Luna.
The QCESU will be accompanied by two personnel from the QCPD and three from the AFP, including one regular officer and two reservists.
“More than 200 members of the QCPD-AFP-SAF contingent will undergo training on the process of implementing quarantine rules and monitoring of confirmed and possible COVID-19 cases,” Cruz said.
Aside from ensuring the strict implementation of quarantine processes, Cruz said the quarantine officers are also mandated to conduct information dissemination drives on how to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Mayor Joy Belmonte reiterated her appeal to citizens in the affected areas to fully cooperate with the local government’s effort to combat COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines — Starting this week, some areas in Quezon City will be placed under a 14-day “special concern lockdown” due to the high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Under the special concern lockdown, only authorized persons outside of residence such as frontliners with necessary identification cards will be allowed to leave their homes.
The city government will provide relief goods and supplies to all families within the designated areas.
Rolly Cruz, head of the city epidemiology and surveillance unit, said the decision to place areas under a special concern lockdown is based on the results of community-based testing conducted by the city government.
Urban poor areas and highly dense locations in barangays may also be put on lockdown if there is presence of clustering, according to the city government.
Extensive testing would be conducted in these areas to ensure that the residents are COVID-free after the 14-day period.
City health officials, police officers and soldiers will be deployed in these areas to ensure that quarantine protocols are strictly followed.
They will also be tasked to conduct information dissemination on how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Joy Belmonte appealed to all residents in areas under special concern lockdown to fully cooperate.
As of Monday night, the Department of Health has recorded 1,589 confirmed cases in Quezon City, with 138 recoveries and 361 deaths.
Meanwhile, 4,175 swabs have so far been collected from residents in the community-based testing of the city government. A total of 1,080 have been tested, with 925 negative and 155 positive.
Caloocan village on EECQ
Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan placed Barangay 156 in Bagong Barrio on lockdown last night due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the barangay.
Malapitan said he placed the barangay on extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) from 8 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Friday.
Under the EECQ, residents will no longer be allowed to leave their houses even with quarantine passes, and non-essential businesses will be ordered closed.
The lockdown will also enable city government to conduct contact tracing and swabbing of samples from residents.
Barangay captain Maritess Go promised to provide relief goods to affected residents.
According to the city government’s public information office, Barangay 156 has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases at 25.
As of yesterday, there were 269 cases of COVID-19 in Caloocan. Of the 269, 203 are active cases, 24 are deaths, and 42 are recoveries.