Another Manila barangay under lockdown starting March 22

Published March 20, 2021, 5:24 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Another barangay in the City of Manila will be placed under lockdown starting Monday (March 22) due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Saturday (March 20) signed Executive Order No. 10, Series of 2021, placing Barangay 281 in Zone 26, District III under lockdown starting 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 22 to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.

Twelve barangays and two other areas in the capital city will also be placed under lockdown on the said period.

These are:

    ●Barangay 107

    ●Barangay 147

    ●Barangay 256

    ●Barangay 262

    ●Barangay 297

    ●Barangay 350

    ●Barangay 385

    ●Barangay 513

    ●Barangay 519

    ●Barangay 624

    ●Barangay 696

    ●Barangay 831

    ●Kusang Loob Street at Barangay 353 in Sta. Cruz 

    ●NYK Fil-Ship Management Building at Barangay 658

Earlier, the Manila mayor authorized the Manila Barangay Bureau to enforce granular lockdowns in barangays with 10 or more active COVID-19 cases.

Upon the recommendation of the Manila Health Department (MHD), the said areas will be called “critical zones” where enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) levels of health protocols will be implemented.

Disease surveillance, massive contact tracing, and verification or testing and rapid risk assessment will be conducted during the lockdown.

Those living in the said areas will not be allowed to leave their houses except for buying food and necessities, as well as emergency cases.

The order exempts health workers, military personnel, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation), essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services), barangay officials (Chairpersons, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurers, Kagawads, and Executive Officers), and media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Affected residents will receive food boxes from the city government, Domagoso assured.

Members of the barangay and the police will be deployed to ensure the proper implementation of the lockdown.

Those who will be caught violating minimum health protocols will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

On March 15, Domagoso placed Barangays 185, 374, 521, 628, 675, and 847 under lockdown. The lockdown order will be lifted on Saturday (March 20).

Before this, the local chief executive also placed Barangays 351 and 725, and Malate Bayview Horel and Hop Inn Hotel at Barangay 699 under lockdown from March 11 to 14.

Data from the city government showed that as of Saturday, at least 2,388 active cases out of 33,203 confirmed cases have been reported. Of this number, 29,967 have recovered while 848 have died.