CITY OF MALOLOS – Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando immediately called a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has placed Bulacan along with other provinces near the National Capital Region, under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from August 4-18 to address the ballooning cases of Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19 in the country.
“Medyo nabigla po ang lahat, sarado na naman ang maraming establishments. But let us face the reality, hindi naman ito matitigil hanggang walang vaccine kaya pataas pero ang bantayan natin ay ang mas marami ang makarecover at hindi tayo magka-casualty. Mahirap ‘yung tatahakin natin na ito, but we need to fight until we heal,- Fernando said.
According to Bulacan PNP Provincial Director Lawrence Cajipe, they will be securing 21 controlled points for Bulacan boundaries, 52 inter-municipality-controlled points and 13 entry and exit points and said that they will be strict in implementing the guidelines on MECQ.
As per the guideline, no public transport, schools are closed, non-leisure services only for malls, no mass gatherings, and for the employees, only 50 percent under skeletal workforce will be allowed to go to work.
Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, reported that as of August 3, there are 1,499 COVID-19 cases, 462 recoveries and 49 deaths in Bulacan.
She added that there are barangays and households that are currently under localized zoning containment including Barangays San Nicolas and Bambang in Bulakan town, which will be lifted on August 8 and 12 successively; seven households from six barangays in Plaridel which will be lifted on August 7; and 85 households in Brgy. Ibayo, Hagonoy that will be lifted tomorrow, August 5.
Moreover, Rowena Joson -Tiongson, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office head, said that they have finished distributing 250,000 survey forms to 569 barangays in the province for contact tracing of individuals working outside Bulacan.
Also, IATF member Mayor Ambrosio Cruz, Jr., LMP Bulacan president, said that he had a meeting with barangay captains and he told them that strict implementation of guidelines must be executed and felt by the public.
“Kailangan maramdaman ng tao na may paghihigpit, kailangan maramdaman ng tao na kailangan natin sila sa laban na ito” Cruz said. ###