Cebu City barangay faces lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise

Published July 21, 2021, 3:10 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has recommended that Barangay Guadalupe here be placed under granular lockdown due to surging COVID-19 cases.

Barangay Guadalupe Chairman Michael Gacasan said he will appeal the recommendation.

Gacasan said he will ask the CCPO to give them a chance to implement measures that will help reduce cases.

He said it was normal for the barangay to have the most number of COVID-19 cases as it has highest population among the 80 barangays here.

Gacasan revealed he talked to Guadalupe Police Station chief Police Major Jonathan dela Cerna and asked him to give the barangay at least two weeks to bring down the COVID-19 cases.

“We cannot afford to be placed under a lockdown. A lot of people will be affected, their livelihood will be affected,” said Gacasan.

Of the 85 sitios in Guadalupe, 43 are dealing with active COVID-19 cases. There was also one household in which 15 members tested positive for the virus. “The house was locked down and contact tracing was immediately conducted,” said Gacasan.

For this month, Guadalupe has recorded 118 active cases.

Gacasan has urged residents to strictly observe the minimum health protocols. “We have not stopped conducting roving patrols, apprehending quarantine violators especially those people who are not observing physical distancing. We have been strictly enforcing health protocols to the point that our barangay personnel are getting into arguments,” said Gacasan.