By: Celina Z. Ibañez
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cadiz City approved en masse during its regular session a Resolution No. 2020-170-171, declaring the State of Emergency in the city and banning all public gatherings involving more than 100 persons due to the confirmation of local transmission of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the country, last March 10, 2020.
With the outbreak of coronavirus disease worldwide as an international emergency and the Department of Health raising the COVID-19 alert system to Code RED sub-level 1, the State of Emergency was declared in Cadiz in order to mobilize all local agencies, including the PNP to render full assistance and to work together in the prevention and containment of the disease.
The declaration is in consonance with President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 922, proclaiming the country under the State of Public Health Emergency and urging the entire local government unit (LGU) to exercise its powers, to prevent the loss of life and utilize appropriate resources to implement urgent measures in order to arrest the spread of the virus infections in their locality.
It also gives the government power for mandatory quarantine for patients and requires health authorities to provide updates on issues concerning the disease outbreak.
In her privilege speech, Councilor Sheila Tabanao, SP Chairman on Health and vice chairman of COVID- 19 Inter-Agency Task Force, said the banning of all public gatherings will include school activities like moving-up recognition ceremonies, graduation of public and private schools, day care centers graduation rites, family reunions, sports and all secular activities in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus in the city.
The Task Force will buy medical supplies needed to contain the virus like thermometers to be monitored by the CHO workers in government buildings, port of entry like Lakawan and Bantayan port for preparation of possible increase in suspected confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Salvador G. Escalante Jr. is reminding the public to practice protective measures like frequent hand washing with soap, use of sanitizer and 70% alcohol, social distancing, proper couch etiquette, wearing mask when you are sick, postpone mass gathering, avoid unnecessary travel and seek medical help if you have symptoms or exposure to persons or countries positive with COVID-19./*