Navotas City under extreme ECQ starting May 6

Published May 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco, Joseph Almer Pedrajas, and Jonathan Hicap

The entire city of Navotas will be placed under extreme enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting Wednesday (May 6) over rising cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Navotas City mayor  Toby Tiangco (MANILA BULLETIN)
Navotas City mayor Toby Tiangco (MANILA BULLETIN)

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco on Saturday signed Executive Order (EO) No. 029 ordering the extreme ECQ in the city from 5 a.m. on May 6 to 11:59 p.m. on May 15.

As of Sunday evening, Navotas City has 48 confirmed cases – 15 of them died, while 15 have recovered.

The number of quarantine violators is also increasing alongside the city’s number of COVID-19 cases. As of Sunday morning,

the police apprehended about 1,248 adult quarantine violators and 594 minors.

“Despite several reminders, residents, young and old alike, continue to violate the terms of the ECQ, thereby not risking only themselves but those who they come in contact with,” the order read. “With 12 days left before May 15, we must exert extreme effort and utmost cooperation, not only to flatten the curve by said date, but also to be able to continue with our lives under the new normal and under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).”

The Navotas City government’s contact tracing efforts showed that most of the city’s COVID-19 cases went to market and groceries in the city before they found out that they contracted the disease, the order stated. This shows that these are areas where transmission of community acquired respiratory diseases is highly possible.

“We noticed that our new COVID19 cases in Navotas do not go down. And the common thing that the patients do before testing positive is they go to the market or the groceries. So we will limit them,” Tiangco said in his Facebook live on Sunday night.

During the extreme ECQ, the 18 barangays in Navotas will follow an alternate schedule when residents can leave their houses to purchase food and other essential goods.

Those residing in SRV, North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) Kaunlaran, Bangkulasi, BBS, Navotas East, Sipac-Almacen, Daanghari, Tangos North, and Tanza 1 will be allowed to go out and buy food and other necessities on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Residents of NBBS Proper, NBBS Dagat-Dagatan, North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN), BBN, Navotas

West, San Jose, San Roque, Tangos South, and Tanza 2 may leave their houses on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

All public markets, groceries, and other essential supplies stores will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sundays, public markets will be closed for cleaning and disinfection.

Drug stores and pharmacies, however, will be allowed to open on Sundays only to sell emergency medicines and nothing else.

Frontline health and other essential workers will be allowed to go to work during the extreme ECQ period.

Liquor ban in the city remains in effect.

Elements of the Navotas City Police Station and barangay officials will be deployed to ensure the proper implementation of the extreme ECQ.

NBP reservation lockdown

The New Bilibid Prison (NBP) reservation in Muntinlupa has likewise been placed under lockdown due to the threat of the coronavirus.

In a memorandum, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) restricted the movement of people and vehicles within the NBP reservation, which covers the community around the main prison camps where BuCor personnel and their families live.

There are 53 confirmed COVID19 cases under BuCor, including 47 inmates from the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong who were transferred to a quarantine area at the NBP medium security camp, and three employees. Three prisoners died of the disease in different hospitals.

Under the lockdown guidelines, “all BuCor personnel are prohibited in going in and out of the NBP Reservation, except those with approved pass from the Office of Directorate for Administration, performance of official duties and emergency cases.”

Civilians living in the “reservation are advised to stay inside their residence and not allowed to leave, except those belonging to frontline services and those issued a valid quarantine pass to buy basic needs and other necessities.”

Persons who live outside the reservation are barred from entering except in “emergency cases; that is, on a matter of life and death.”

Frontliners identified by the InterAgency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will be allowed to enter “subject only to presentation of valid identification and/or certification.”

Ambulant vendors are barred from entering the reservation, and public utility vehicles, tricycles and other vehicles for hire are not allowed to operate.

Motorcycle back-riding is also prohibited in the NBP area “except BuCor personnel in emergency cases or while in the performance of official duties i.e. response to emergency cases or other prison disturbances.” The BuCor also said a vehicle’s passenger capacity should not be more than 50 percent.

The only private vehicles allowed to enter and exit the reservation are those owned by BuCor employees with approved BuCor passes, civilians residing in the reservation but only during window hours and days, and frontliners. Government and diplomat vehicles are allowed to enter.

BuCor said the NBP main gate is open 24/7 to frontliners. Civilians residing in NBP are allowed to enter and exit from 5 a.m. until 12 noon during scheduled market days of “Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and in case of emergency; that is, a matter of life and death.”

Mobile market operators need to secure approval from BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag “to enter

or exit reservation and sell their goods at designated areas.”

Only business establishments in the reservation that sell basic needs and commodities will be allowed to operate from 5 a.m. until noontime daily.

“All apprehended civilian violators shall be issued BuCor Citation Violation Form (BCVF) to be transmitted to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for filing appropriate of case/s,” the memorandum stated.

In March, BuCor barred visitors of prisoners at NBP and other prisons under it as a preventive measure against COVID-19. It also suspended visits from religious organizations, non-governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, foreign embassies and consulates and other humanitarian, educational, business or political missions.