By Dhel Nazario
Pasay City has been placed under state of calamity due to the extremely high incidence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.
A resolution was passed by the city council on Sunday to release the calamity fund for the purpose of combating the spread of the illness.
This was after the Pasay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PCDRRMC)
in its Resolution No. 05, Series of 2020 adopted on March 15 recommended to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the declaration of a state of calamity in the city.
According to the Pasay City Health Office, there are currently two COVID-19 cases and nine persons under investigation (PUIs) confined in various hospitals at Pasay City as well as 30 persons under monitoring (PUMs).
Due to this, the city has also imposed a curfew as recommended by the Metro Manila Council. The council found the measure necessary during the duration of the imposition of the community quarantine ordered by the national government.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod imposed the curfew for all persons in Pasay City between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The resolution said during curfew hours, no persons shall be allowed in the streets, commercial establishments, recreation centers, malls, or any other areas outside the immediate vicinity of their respective residences, except in cases of emergency or for the purpose of purchase of food and essential basic necessities and prime commodities and work-related travels.
The movement of cargoes and goods within Pasay City shall be unhampered.
All members of the Pasay City Police Office as well as barangay officials, particularly barangay tanods, are tasked to implement the provisions of this curfew ordinance.
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano recently called for a meeting with mall owners and establishments doing business within the city for a consultation about the possible temporary closure of their businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis to prevent further infection, not only of the city’s residents as well as employees working within the city.
With this, a resolution was also passed enjoining the temporary closure of all shopping malls and other similar establishments in the city during the community quarantine except those offering essential services as part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
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