City cops to enforce quarantine measures for PUMs vs COVID-19

first_imgILOILO City – The city government here is tapping the local police forceto ensure that persons under monitoring (PUMs) are observing self-quarantine asthe local government is still working on an ordinance to give teeth to theinitiative. The mayor, upon his arrival on Tuesdayfrom his official trip to Manila, said he will be meeting with various groupsto look into their protocol in responding to COVID-19. In his message addressed to theDepartment of Health, he said that it is their responsibility to “provide testkits to all the different regions” as local governments will also do theirpart. The mayor also would like to know theprocurement status of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and additionalmasks. “We are not saying that they arepositive but we are asking them to go on voluntary quarantine. So that in casethey will manifest symptoms, then they will be referred to the properhospital,” Treñas said. Treñas already talked with theSangguniang Panlungsod for an ordinance on quarantine as there are already PUMsfrom Hong Kong, Macao and other areas where there are positive cases ofcoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Meantime, he also pushed for theaccreditation of the Western Visayas Medical Center in this city’s Mandurriaodistrict as testing center. He said Iloilo City has 82 PUMs. Theycame from Hong Kong, Macao, and South Korea, among other areas with reportedCovid-19 cases. “We are going to ask the support of thePNP (Philippine National Police) to enforce the voluntary quarantine evenwithout the ordinance,” Mayor Jerry Treñas. Treñas sees a need for the city to beprepared. “I foresee that this situation will still escalate before probably itwill go down. It will get worse before it can get better. But at the same time,importante na diri (it is important that here in the) sa city there is no needto panic,” he added. “To a certain extent, I will speak forthe rest of Western Visayas. We have no test kits here, we have no accreditedhospital to test the virus,” he said. These include protocol that will befollowed by health centers if there are suspected cases that will seek medicationand the protocol that will be followed by the Department of Education regardingthe various events related to closing or graduation ceremonies. “It is your responsibility and you haveto provide that for us,” he said. (With PNA/PN)last_img