By Shirley Matias Pizarro
BATAAN – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will be imposing a curfew inside the freeport zone effective Saturday, March 21, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in line with the enhanced community quarantine being implemented by the national government to arrest the rapid increase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma “Amy” T. Eisma, in an announcement posted on her personal Facebook account, said that “roaming, loitering, or staying in public or private establishments will be strictly prohibited during the curfew.”
However, SBMA staff and night-shift workers, health workers, first responders, law enforcement officers and those traveling for health and humanitarian reasons will be exempted from the curfew.
Eisma also said SBMA will be issuing one quarantine pass per household or locator starting Monday, March 23.
“The pass is needed to buy food, medicines and other basic necessities as well as for emergencies. They will be distributed and delivered to all the houses and open businesses as soon as they are available,” Eisma added.
At the same time, Eisma urged everyone to stay home at all times.
“Staying home is the key to defeating COVID19. Let us help each other by staying put and stop venturing outside so the virus cannot find a host to land on. Please protect yourself, your family, and your community. Stay home,” she underscored.
And to make sure that movement inside SBMA will be limited, authorities announced the imposition of restricted entry and exit in all six gates of SBMA namely: Tipo, Rizal, 14th St., Kalayaan, Kalaklan and Morong.
Only residents, students, workers and employees, logistic enterprise workers, service providers, and port-users, who possess SBMA-issued IIDs, as well as emergency personnel and vehicles, and special cases determined by the urgency of their business inside SBMA, will be allowed inside the gates.
The no-pass through directive at all Freeport gates has been strictly implemented since March 16.
SBMA is giving priority to all vehicles ferrying doctors and nurses and other frontliners in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. All health personnel only need to show their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID to gain access to the gates.
For all COVID-19 emergency concerns at the SBMA, the public can call the 24-hour hotline 047-2522880. For inquiries and assistance regarding the implementation of the ECQ, the public can address their concerns at the ff. numbers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 0917-6930789, 0907-1218821, 0919-0022920, 0921-2262403, 0918-947-1775 and 0907-6968212.
Earlier, two patients under investigation (PUI) were reported inside SBMA. One was pronounced negative of COVID-19 after testing, while the other one who was brought to a Pasig hospital and has yet to be cleared. The patients were staying in separate hotels inside SBMA when they showed symptoms of respiratory diseases.