House lockdowns eyed by Ecija city in case COVID-19 worsens

SAN JOSE CITY — Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador yesterday warned of implementing possible individual house lockdowns by the Philippine Army as a contingency measure if the situation about the dreaded COVID-19 worsens in the city.

“Hihingi tayo ng assistance sa Army kung sakali sa pagsasagawa ng lockdown sa bawat bahay kapag lumala talaga ang sitwasyon,” the mayor said.

Although this city remains free from COVID-19, the city mayor stressed that they are looking at all possible scenarios about COVID-19 amid the declaration of a state of public health emergency issued by President Duterte on Monday.

“Ang kailangan natin ay pakikiisa ninyo dahil kapag lumala ang sitwasyon para tayong nasa isang giyera, kung saan di natin alam kung saan tayo magtatago parang bombang bumabagsak,” Salvador told barangay, health, department, police, disaster, Army and fire officials during a meeting held at the city hall yesterday.  

Salvador told them to emulate what he just did when he reported immediately to authorities those persons who just arrived from abroad with a history of the dreaded disease.  

“Iyung anak nga ni Kay-1 inaanak kopa iyon pinagbawalan kong magpunta sa bahay tapos inireport ko pa, kaya kahit sino kahit kamag-anak nyo pa ipagbigay alam agad sa otoridad at sa barangay. Hindi masama ireport sa otoridad dahil imomonitor lang naman sila,” Salvador stressed.

The mayor also said the city remains COVID-19-free as the lone male patient categorized as “person under investigation” from this city has already been tested negative for COVID-19 by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine as of March 9 at 11:28 p.m.