Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has placed 31 barangays under a 48-hour hard lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), as the whole of Metro Manila continues to be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).
All districts will have barangays placed under ECQ, except Sampaloc, which was one of the first concern areas of the city. The announcement was posted late night on June 30.
The mayor signed Executive Order No. 31, citing the purposes of the hard lockdown as disease surveillance, rapid risk assessment and testing operations “as the city’s response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.”
“On 29 June 2020, the Manila Health Department (MHD) issued a Certification verifying that there are a total of one hundred forty seven (147) number of COVID-19 positive cases in the said 31 barangays,” the executive order stated.
The Public Information Office of Manila said the mayor issued the executive order upon the verification of the MHD that the barangays concerned recorded more than three COVID-19 positive cases from June 15-29.
The hard lockdown or ECQ would take effect from 12am of Saturday, July 4 until 11:59pm of Sunday, July 5.
Domagoso said that residents of the 31 barangays shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.
The barangays to be placed under lockdown are as follows:
Manila has 896 barangays in the Annual Financial Report on Local Government Units of the Commission on Audit in 2015.
The lockdown order exempts the following: 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, and media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). All others not mentioned are suspended during the period of hard lockdown.
Media accreditation with the PCOO, however, was no longer required under GCQ and the media accreditation IDs issued in March were valid until June 20.
“Station commanders of police stations in the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” the executive order stated.
As of June 23-26, the MHD monitored 1,326 active COVID-19 cases, 593 suspect and 13 probable cases. In this period of reporting, there were 113 new cases, 52 new recoveries and five new deaths. By June 26, there are a total of 2,132 confirmed cases, 681 recoveries and 125 deaths in the city.
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President Rodrigo Duterte announced around midnight of June 30 that Metro Manila continues to be under GCQ from July 1. It was first placed under the more relaxed quarantine protocol, once known as the new normal, from June 1 to 15, then June 16 to 30.
The IATF, the government policy-making body on COVID-19 response, has also allowed local government units to declare their own strict local quarantines amid the general relaxation of quarantine over Metro Manila that experienced the longest lockdown in the world.