By Nel Andrade
ANTIPOLO CITY – Stricter restrictions on the use of quarantine passes, and a closure order on all local variety or “sari-sari” stores were among the measures implemented by local government units (LGUs) in Rizal province to ensure compliance with the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Starting on May 8 here, residents will have to follow a barangay coding scheme wherein holders of quarantine passes may only go out of their homes on designated days of the week.
And to add more teeth to the city’s stay-at-home policy, Mayor Andrea Ynares also announced on her Facebook page that no one will be allowed to go out on Sundays, except for holders of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-issued passes for authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Violators of these guidelines face P5,000 fine and imprisonment of up to one year.
Under the latest barangay coding measure of the city, only quarantine pass holders of Cupang, Sta. Cruz, Calawis, San Roque, San Luis, and Inarawan will be allowed to go to commercial establishments every Monday and Thursday.
Residents of Bagong Nayon, Muntindilaw, San Isidro, Beverly Hills, and Mayamot will be allowed to on Tuesday and Friday; while on Wednesday and Saturday, only those from Dela Paz, Mambugan, Dalig, San Juan, and San Jose will be allowed to go out to buy their basic needs.
The city government said options for residents who will be buying their necessities are the E-Palengke, E-Kadiwa, Gasmee Project, Joyride Pabili, Mobile Palengke, Kadiwa On Wheels, and Mobile ATM.
Meanwhile, in Taytay, Mayor George Ricardo Gacula issued Executive Order No. 124 that calls for the temporary closure of all “sari-sari” stores in the entire town effective May 5.
The order came as the Taytay Police reported that on May 5 alone, there were 176 ECQ violators coming from Barangay Sta. Ana and San Juan, who were arrested by authorities. Some of them were minors, who were caught idling by in front of sari-sari stores and commercial establishments.
According to Gacula, Taytay residents still have the option to buy their necessities at the town’s Mobile Palengke, which roams communities on certain days of the week, and at the temporary markets or “talipapa” that are usually put up in the barangays.