By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The local government of Navotas is placing the entire city under extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) as it found that most of its new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases tested positive after going to the market.
Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said that from 5 a.m. of May 6 to 11:59 p.m. of May 15, the number of people who will be allowed to go outside their houses to buy provisions will be limited via a market day scheme being implemented for each barangay.
Tiangco said, he issued Executive Order No. 029 S. 2020 as there is a need “to take drastic measures to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases.”
“Nakita namin na yung kaso natin sa Navotas ay hindi po bumababa. At isa pong common na ginagawa ng mga taong nag-popositive, sila po ay nanggagaling sa palengke o sa grocery. Kaya’t ang gagawin po natin, lilimitahan po natin (We noticed that our new COVID-19 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. “Hinihiling ko ang iyong kooperasyon at sakripisyo dahil 12 days nalang po ang natitira sa enhanced community quarantine natin. Tayo po ay makiisa dito para makapagsimula na tayo doon sa new normal (I’m requesting for your cooperation and sacrifice because we only have 12 days left before the ECQ ends. Let’s cooperate so we can start with a new normal).”
In his interview over DZBB on Monday, Tiangco expressed concern that the city’s rise of COVID-19 cases is “late.”
“Ang na-notice ko dito sa Navotas parang late ang reaction namin… Hindi pa na-eexplain sa ‘kin bakit… Yung sinasabi kong dumami, katulad ng isang araw, tatlo. Eh dati, isa isa lang kung dumagdag. So kung nagkaroon ka ng tatlo, apat sa isang araw, it’s alarming no (What I notice is that we have late reaction of COVID-19 cases. They have not explained it to me yet. But what I mean is that, like the other day, we had three additional cases. Before, we only had one per day. So it’s alarming when you have three to four cases per day),” he said.
As of Sunday evening, Navotas City has had 48 confirmed cases, 15 of them have died while 15 have recovered.
Market day scheme
Under the order, residents of barangays San Rafael Village, North Bay Blvd. South (NBBS)-Kaunlaran, Bangkulasi, Bagumbayan South, Navotas East, Sipac-Almacen, Daanghari, Tangos North, and Tanza 1 are allowed to leave their homes only every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Meanwhile, those from NBBS Proper and Dagat-dagatan, North Bay Blvd. North, Bagumbayan North, Navotas West, San Jose, San Roque, Tangos South, and Tanza 2 can only go to the market every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Every Sunday, all barangays will be put under total lockdown. No one is allowed to go outside, except for health emergencies and other reasons allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the local government said.
Drug stores and pharmacies are the only establishments allowed to open on Sunday, but they can only sell emergency medicines.