Taguig LGU asks returning residents to get tested for COVID-19

Published January 4, 2022, 11:39 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government asked residents who are returning from their local holiday travels to undergo reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“This is to ensure that Taguig City can address cases, help patients recover, and remain safe from COVID-19 and its known variants,” according to the Taguig Safe City Task Force. The city government provides free RT-PCR tests at 35 sites in Taguig.

COVID-19 testing in Taguig (screenshot from Taguig City government video)

As of Jan. 2, Taguig’s active COVID-19 cases increased to 79 including 34 new cases reported for the day out of 52,639 confirmed cases, 52,119 recoveries, and 441 deaths.

From Dec. 30 to Jan. 2, Taguig’s active cases rose from 28 to 79. It reported 19 new cases on Dec. 30, 35 on Dec. 31, 23 on Jan. 1, and 34 on Jan. 2 for a total of 111 new cases in four days.

A report by Dr. Guido David of OCTA Research showed that on Jan. 3, based on the Department of Health’s Data Drop, Taguig has 118 new COVID-19 cases, placing 10th among local government units (LGUs) in the country with the highest tallies of new cases.

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano and other Metro Manila mayors approved Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 22–01 imposing restrictions on unvaccinated individuals.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed the National Capital Region under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15 due to the threat of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

The MMDA resolution urges Metro Manila LGUs to enact ordinances on the enhanced restrictions on unvaccinated individuals.

“The advances in public health and the economic gains that have been achieved in the recent months under Alert Level 2 must be sustained and pre-emptive measures must be adopted in order to forestall and immediately address the perceived adverse impact of COVID-19, particularly the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, upon the NCR under said Alert Level 3,” according to the resolution.

It added, “Despite the availability of vaccines, there is a number of individuals who adamantly opt not to be vaccinated and thus, become more susceptible to severe cases of COVID-19 infection which will in turn require hospital care thereby unduly burdening the health care system to the detriment of public health.”

Under the resolution, Metro Manila mayors agreed that unvaccinated individuals in the NCR should:

1. Remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities; Provided, however, that individual outdoor exercise shall be allowed within the general area of their residence, e. g., within the barangay, purok, subdivision, or village subject to the guidelines of the Metro Manila LGUs;

2. Be prohibited in indoor and outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, sports and country clubs, and similar facilities in accordance with the guidelines of the Metro Manila LGUs and the concerned establishments;

3. Be prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel;

4. Be required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test every two (2) weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite consistent with the guidelines, rules, and regulations issued by the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Labor and Employment; Provided, however, that in the event that the RT PCR test and/or result is/are not immediately available, a Rapid Antigen Test may be utilized in lieu thereof.

The same rules will also cover individuals who reside outside of the NCR but who work and/or travel to the region.