Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has placed 31 barangays under a 48-hour hard lockdown.
Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 31 implementing an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in these barangays for purposes of disease surveillance, rapid risk assessment and testing operations “as the city’s response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.”
The Mayor issued the executive order upon the verification of the Manila Health Department (MHD) that the barangays concerned recorded more than three COVID19 positive cases from June 15-29.
The order will take effect from 12 a.m. of Saturday, July 4 until 11:59 pm of Sunday, July 5.
“On 29 June 2020, the Manila Health Department issued a Certification verifying that there are a total of one hundred forty seven (147) number of COVID-19 positive cases in the said 31 barangays,” the executive order stated.
The barangays to be placed under lockdown are as follows:
Domagoso said that residents of the 31 barangays shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.
However, the order exempts the following: health workers, military personnel, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation), essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services), barangay officials, and media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force.
“All other commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and other activities not mentioned in above exemptions in the said district shall be suspended within the specified period of ECQ,” the executive order stated.
“Station commanders of police stations in the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” it added.