Mayor Olivarez says granular lockdown a solution to spike in COVID-19 cases

Published March 8, 2021, 4:08 PM

by Jean Fernando

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that granular lockdown to be implemented by Metro Manila mayors in their respective cities would still be the best solution to control the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (FACEBOOK/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Olivarez, who also heads the Metro Manila Council (MMC) said the Metro Manila mayors still have the authority in placing barangays, sitios, business establishments, houses or a compound under granular lockdown.

He said Metro Manila is interconnected and the MMC is following one policy on the granular lockdown.

The mayor made the statement following reported increase of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and there is no need for stricter community quarantine.

Olivarez said that some local government units were already quick to respond on the spike in COVID-19 cases in their area.

In Parañaque, the mayor said that as of March 7, they recorded a total of 358 new cases and topping the list with active cases were Barangays Baclaran and Tambo.

Olivarez said that the two barangays are located at the boundaries of Pasay and Parañaque and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases in the city, he immediately ordered the additional deployment of health workers in the area.