By Chito Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday urged the public anew to stay home as much as possible whether the President places Metro Manila and other areas under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), general community quarantine (GCQ) or decides to revert them back to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
He reiterated this call in the wake of reports that some stubborn individuals have started to roam the streets and interacted in clusters, breaking the physical distancing rules under quarantine protocols.
Año warned individuals that they should be ready to face the consequences for their stubbornness, stressing that places under the more relaxed GCQ or MGCQ are still under quarantine protocols.
“Tignan lang nating kung gaano sila katapang pag nahawahan sila ng COVID ( Let’s see how brave you are if you get infected with COVID),’’ Año said.
Año also noted strategic plans should be in place in the depressed areas where the implementation of social distancing is a huge challenge with the houses built very close to one another.
The plan, Año said, is to intensify contact tracing with isolation facilities being in place for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients.
He noted that the strategy is for the local government unit (LGU) to lockdown a congested slum area for mass contact tracing or testing.
A family member suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive will immediately be removed from the household and placed in the isolation facility in the community.