By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – This city and the provincial government have imposed travel restrictions and community quarantine in a concerted effort to protect the people from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City and Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo province separately issued executive orders Sunday to discourage unnecessary travel and strict monitoring of persons who have travel history in areas with positive COVID-19 cases.
“We have to do this to stop the chain of transmission. We have to be responsible Ilonggos,” urged Treñas.
“This is a small sacrifice for us. Let us cooperate,” added Defensor as he urged residents in Iloilo province, which is composed of 42 towns and the component city of Passi.
Both Treñas and Defensor clarified their orders did not constitute lockdowns as they only wanted to slow down the movement of the people in their areas of jurisdiction.
Treñas particularly said that Iloilo City cannot be placed under lockdown as it is the regional capital of Western Visayas where necessary public and private services are located and should remain accessible to all.
As of Sunday, there were still five persons under investigation (PUIs) in Iloilo City, and 11 PUIs in Iloilo province.
There is no consolidated data as to the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs), especially the ones who arrived from Metro Manila to avoid the lockdown there as there were flights that arrived over the weekend.
Meanwhile, both Treñas and Defensor urged flexible work schemes for the private sector while urging schools to create systems wherein students can still adequately comply with academic requirements pending the suspension of classes.