By Jonathan Hicap
The Muntinlupa City government started coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mass testing on June 25 among members of tricycle operators and drivers’ associations (TODA) in Bgy. Poblacion.
According to the barangay, 500 people are undergoing testing at the covered court at the Southville 3 government housing project. The test is being done by the Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) together with the Poblacion Health Center and Poblacion Rescue Department.
Muntinlupa City government spokesperson Tez Navarro said TODA members are being tested at the site. Last month, the city government allowed tricycles to operate but with strict sanitary guidelines, including transporting only one passenger at a time and putting transparent sheets as partition between the driver and passenger. Drivers and passengers are also required to wear face masks at all times.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently put Block 35 Excess Lot in Soldiers’ Hills Village in Bgy. Putatan under lockdown until July 7 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It is the third Muntinlupa community to be under quarantine after Sitio Pagkakaisa Zone 3 Interior in Bgy. Sucat and Morning Breeze Homes in Bgy. Alabang.
As of June 24, Muntinlupa has 351 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 240 recoveries and 37 deaths, leaving 74 active cases.
Of the total, Bgy. Poblacion has 56 positive cases, including 27 people who have recovered from the virus. Southville 3 has 17 COVID-19 positive cases, the highest in the barangay, followed by Katarungan Village with 10 cases.