Zamora orders private residential communities to take precautions vs. COVID-19

Published March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Subdivisions and gated communities in San Juan City were ordered by the city government to undertake their own precautionary measures against the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora urged private subdivisions, townhouse complexes, condominiums, and other private property owners to implement their own “periodic precautionary measures” such as sanitation and disinfection to prevent the spread of the disease in their communities.

Posh subdivisions and gated communities can be found in the city of over 120,000 residents as of 2015 census, particularly in Barangay Greenhills.

In an executive order, Zamora has also ordered the 21 barangays, schools, private businesses, and national government offices within the city’s borders to conduct sanitation and disinfection.

“The San Juan City Health Department or any other person or department authorized by the city mayor is hereby ordered to monitor the compliance of the implementation precautionary measures by all covered by this executive order,” Zamora said.

The mayor has also suspended “under further notice” all government-related activities, seminars, and team-buildings, “including those being held elsewhere.”

The Department of Health recently confirmed the first local case of COVID-19 in the Philippines involving a 62-year-old man with no recent history of travel overseas.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the elderly man frequently visited a prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City.

This prompted the city government to temporarily close down the prayer hall and conduct disinfection.

The San Juan City government on Monday started the disinfection of schools in the city.

Later that night, President Duterte said a new case of COVID-19 was recorded in Barangay West Crame in San Juan City.

On Tuesday, personnel of the city government conducted misting and disinfection of the public spaces and streets in the barangay to prevent the spread of the disease.