Mati City implements granular lockdown

DAVAO CITY – The local government unit in Mati City has begun enforcing granular lockdowns in some households where there is a concentration of the COVID-19 patients or those considered as close contacts that are under home quarantine.

Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat issued an Executive Order No. 86 Series of 2021, directing the execution of the zoning containment plan in barangays with clustering of COVID-19 cases, as well as the formation of Barangay Zoning Containment Teams (BZCT).

Prior to the issuance of the said executive order, the Department of Health (DOH) has placed the entire province of Davao Oriental under alert level 3. Under EO, barangays are tasked to manage the zoning containment plan in their own barangays, with the Mati Incident Management Team.

“Subject barangays shall establish control points using functionaries in all its access to the areas under ZCS and strictly control movement of people depending on the zoning classification,” the EO read.

The barangay is tasked to provide food packs to affected families in critical zones (CrZ) with the LGU through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) augmenting food pack supplies as the need arises.

Granular lockdowns, or focused lockdowns, only affect sitios, puroks, and households with COVID-19 positive patients or close contacts that are under home quarantine.

The city government noted more than 2,000 Matinians tested positive for COVID-19 since January this year. As of this month, the city monitored almost 500 cases. The government urged the public to abide with the health protocols for everyone’s safety.