By Chito Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año told the President that 1,363 violators of quarantine regulations were apprehended in Cebu City since June 15.
In Monday’s briefing, Año reported that the violators of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City mostly did not wear face masks in public places and failed to observe social distancing.
Año explained that the strict implementation of quarantine protocols in Cebu City is not meant as punishment but is an urgent measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
He noted that the DILG is keen on placing the COVID-19 positive patients in the appropriate isolation facilities.
The DILG chief also said that there are now 3,440 contact tracing teams in the country composed of 52,794 members.
With an efficiency rating of 96.77 percent in the “case close contact ratio of 1:5 (one is to five)’’, Año described this as good numbers which can really help the country combat COVID-19.
To boost the country’s contact tracing in the fight against the virus, Año stressed the plan to hire 50,000 more contact tracers.
In the same briefing, Año said that the local government units (LGUs) will be organized to prepare them to receive the locally stranded individuals (LSI) going to their localities.
Under this scheme, Año said that the bases concerning the travel of the LSI to the receiving communities should be covered with the assurance that they will be placed under quarantine upon their arrival.
He added that the receiving LGUs will now be prepared to accommodate the arriving LSI with their isolation facilities fully prepared.
Año stressed that there will be a start of what he termed as the “contagion or infection or contamination’’ if the isolation facilities of the receiving LGUs are filled up.
“So kailangan po talaga ay organized at coordinated (There is really a need for coordination and organization (in receiving the LSI),’’ Año said.