No barangay under lockdown in Makati City, says city police chief

Published July 21, 2020, 2:30 PM

by Jel Santos

None of the 33 barangays in Makati City have been placed on lockdown, Makati Police chief Col. Oscar “Jack” Jacildo said on Tuesday (July 21).

“There is still no barangay on lockdown in Makati. We have a Viber group with Mayor Abby Binay and barangay officials. We send real-time updates there about the COVID-19 situation in the city,” he told the Manila Bulletin.

“Mayor Abby is very ‘hands on’ on the matter. Our Viber group helps us communicate faster and quickly assess the COVID-19 situation in the city,” Jacildo added.

According to the Makati Police chief, it is up to the local government unit (LGU) of Makati City whether to put a barangay on lockdown.

“It is the prerogative of the LGU, of course, depending on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a barangay,” he explained. “When there is a rapid surge in the number of cases, it is most likely for the LGU to put a barangay on lockdown.”

As of this writing, he said the number of cases of COVID-19 in Makati City is still deemed “manageable,” therefore there is no lockdown anywhere in the city.

The Makati Police chief said they are strictly enforcing health protocols in the city, including quarantine inspection points.

“We are not putting our guard down. We are continuously conducting necessary interventions,” he said.

The Makati Health Department said there are 1,634 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city as of July 20.