July 10, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Joel E. Zurbano
Fourteen barangays in Pasay City were declared as critical areas and placed under tight watch following the surge of COVID-19 cases there.
The city government declared the villages as critical areas for two weeks, starting on July 8. These are Barangays 14, 34, 37, 42, 46, 106, 144, 169, 171,183, 184, 190, 193, and 201, the city’s public information office stated in its advisory Friday.
Mayor Imelda Rubiano made the decision following a meeting with City Administrator Dennis Acorda and officials of City Health Office, the Philippine National Police, the Public Order and Safety Unit, and concerned barangays.
Last Thursday, the city government recorded 33 new cases, bringing to 1,129 the total number of persons tested positive with the coronavirus.
Mayor Rubiano instructed the police and barangay officials to ensure residents follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as well as ordinances passed by the Pasay City council.
These include the wearing of face masks in public, strict observation of physical distancing and limited movement of people going outside residences.
“Let us continue wearing face masks, avoid crowded places, avoid close-contact settings such as close-range conversations, avoid confined and closed spaces with poor ventilation, and frequently wash your hands,” said Rubiano.
The city chief executive also reminded businesses to ensure their customers have face masks and to see to it that one of their personnel or security guards are checking physical distancing while queuing.
She said mass gatherings such as birthday celebrations are still disallowed.
The mayor said a city ordinance was passed on April 8 requiring residents to wear face masks or improvised protective equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
City Ordinance 6098, or the Face Mask Ordinance, also instructs the Philippine National Police and barangay tanods to see to it that the public wears such face masks, earloop masks, indigenous, reusable or do-it-yourself masks, face shields, handkerchiefs or such other protective equipment.