Friday, March 20, 2020

Zamboanga releases guidelines on enhanced community quarantine

THE LOCAL government has released guidelines on the enhanced community quarantine as a preventive measure to ensure Zamboanga remains free from the coronavirus disease that has infected dozens of people in the country. 

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Mayor Beng Climaco, who heads the Task Force Covid-19, released the following guidelines.

“Establishments providing basic necessities will remain open and such activities related to food and medicine production, i.e., public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, bakeries, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water -refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, agricultural and fishery products and ancillary inputs, banks, money transfer services, power, energy, fuel, water and telecommunications supplies and facilities shall be open.”

“Classes and school activities in all levels will remain suspended. Mass gatherings shall be prohibited. Religious gatherings shall be suspended. A work from home arrangement shall be implemented except the PNP, AFP, health and emergency frontline services, border control, financial institutions, power/water/telecom utilities and other critical services. A strict home quarantine shall be observed in all households; movement shall be limited to accessing basic necessities; and there will be heightened presence of uniform personnel to enforce quarantine procedures. For this purpose, only 2 persons per household will be allowed to leave their homes. Barangay officials shall be directed to monitor compliance with this policy.”

Mayor Beng Climaco presides over a meeting with security sector to discuss the guidelines for the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Zamboanga. Attending the meeting are Zamboanga police chief Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, Joint Task Force Zamboanga Commander Colonel John Divinagracia, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officer Elmeir Apolinario and City Administrator Apple Go, among others. (Christian Olasiman)

But Climaco said funeral services shall be made available. “Immediate burial is advised. The movement of cargoes within and into Zamboanga City shall be unhampered; A city – wide curfew shall be imposed from 9 o’clock in the evening until 5 o’clock in the morning. Land, air and sea travel of uniformed personnel, government officers and members of the Task Force Covid-19 for official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the Covid-19, and other humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed. Valid IDs will be presented at checkpoints.”

She also urged residents to stay at home. “You may not feel sick or have the Covid-19 symptoms, but you may spread the virus to others when you fail to stay home and quarantine. Vulnerable communities like our elderly, people with low immunity and disabilities can’t fight the virus as well as you do. So do the right thing. Stay at home. Be a hero,” she said. (Zamboanga Post)

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