ILOILO CITY — The Western Visayas regional headquarters of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG-6) in Iloilo City has been under lockdown since Monday, February 1, after 10 personnel were infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Lockdown is necessary to conduct contact tracing and disinfection,” said PCG-6 District Commander Allan Corpuz.
“From an initial four infected people, the number of cases rose to 10 today,” Corpuz told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
All 10 PCG-6 personnel who are infected with COVID-19 are currently under quarantine at a facility of the Iloilo City government.
Majority of them are asymptomatic while there were several who have mild COVID-19 symptoms.
Corpuz said the rest of the PCG-6’s personnel including himself are under strict isolation at its headquarters.
Corpuz reiterated that the lockdown does not affect PCG’s mandate in the region that comprises of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
“We have our personnel at each Coast Guard stations. They are the ones who are the ones directly dealing with the public at seaports,” Corpuz assured.