Brgy officials mandated to strictly implement IATF guidelines, measures vs Covid


AS the city continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the 19th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance mandating barangay officials to strictly implement IATF regulations on minimum health protocols and/or city ordinances and local executive orders covering community quarantine guidelines, rules and regulations.

Authored by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, the ordinance requires the organization of Barangay Covid-19 Operations Centers and Barangay Tanod Health Patrols to enforce surveillance, monitoring, and reporting of public gatherings according to their local COVID situation and resources.

Barangay officials are also mandated to regularly inspect, especially on weekends and public holidays, sports, recreation, and leisure facilities such as parks, gymnasiums, resorts, running tracks to ensure that social distancing is being maintained at all times.

Consistent with applicable IATF regulations and city ordinances, they are also tasked to regulate, limit or prohibit public gatherings such as drinking, sabong, tupada, fiesta, parades, beauty contests, processions, and other religious events, cultural festivals, pool, and other water recreational activities.

The ordinance also requires barangays to provide assistance to community pantry operations through the barangay tanods and/or Barangay Health Emergency Response Team with the support of homeowners’ association, provided that prior coordination is extended by the organizers and compliance with the minimum public health standards and protocols is ensured.

PROHIBITIONS

The city has imposed a temporary ban on the conduct of certain activities in beach resorts and swimming pools of hotels and other similar establishments in the city patronized by the public in order to stop the spread of the Covid infection.

Prohibited activities include family reunions, birthday/group/organization parties, and other similar events or occasions.

Due to the surging Covid-19 cases, the city has been placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) since June 1.