‘Pasaway’ barangays get ire of Baguio City mayor

Published April 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Another barangay was sealed off by Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Thursday due to its indifference to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Mayor Benjamin Magalong  (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Benjamin Magalong

Magalong observed that barangay officials of Barangay Fairview had no control over residents who were willfully violating ECQ restrictions.

“May mga nagbabasketball, naglalakad na walang masks, kaya pag may pasaway na barangay i-lockdown ko agad” he said.

He ordered the Baguio City Police Office to restrict entry and exit in the barangay, including essential travels, but excluding authorized persons outside residence (APOR).

“All travels including those for market and medical purposes will have to pass through the barangay,” Magalong added.

Magalong also warned East Quirino Hill Barangay officials and residents to “wake up” and adhere strictly to the provisions of Enhanced Community Quarantine or suffer the same fate as Barangays Pinget and Fairview.

Magalong said some residents in said barangay were caught drinking liquor, while numerous others were seen loitering around and not wearing masks.

“If residents will not change their ways and their officials will not do anything to make them abide by the ECQ rules, then I will be forced to order extreme measures,” Magalong said.

Meanwhile, the lockdown status of Pacdal, which issued in view of a COVID-19 case in the barangay, has been scaled down and will now just be confined to Maria Basa St.

Other areas that remain on lockdown were Barangays Upper Dagsian, Scout Barrio and Woodsgate Subd. where some recently confirmed COVID-19 patients reside.

Residents here were also prevented from going out even on market days, and will only be served by rolling stores to be arranged by the city government.