Pasay City to implement ‘control and containment’ strategy due to rise of COVID-19 cases

Published February 19, 2021, 7:07 PM

by Jean Fernando

The Pasay City government will implement a “control and containment” strategy following a rise in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases “unseen during the past several months.”

About 269 cases were reported as of 12 noon on February 19 and per data provided by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), the city had 15 cases per day from October 2020 to February 2021 and 14 cases per day from January to February this year.

At least 13 from the 201 barangays in the city were already placed on lockdown due to the spike of the number of COVID-19 cases.

According to City Administrator Atty. Dennis Acorda, the mayor wanted to lock down barangays with three or more cases of the virus.

Acorda said the local police and barangay officials will be augmented by members of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), the Tricycle-Pedicab Franchising and Regulatory Office, and the Traffic and Parking Management Office (TPMO) to enforce the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) protocols.

He said the team will be deputized to issue citations to those violating the health and safety protocols.

The city administrator added that the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) inspection teams will also check on establishments to ensure if they also comply with IATF protocols.

Acorda also added that public market officials will be deputized to inspect stalls and enforce health protocols.

 “Let’s strictly follow the EMI habit (Ensure to wash your hands, Mask is a must, Implement physical distancing),” Acorda said quoting Mayor Emi Calixto Rubiano who is completing her 14-day quarantine.