Wed. Jul 28th, 2021

MANILA – A concerned citizen on Monday, 16 March 2020 assailed how concerned authorities are implementing the guidelines on the government’s fight against the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 especially on the Muntinlupa-San Pedro (Laguna) boundary (in photo).
It may be recalled that only a few days ago Interior Secretary Eduardo Año claimed that “Metro Manila local governments would implement “social distancing” as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).”
“Ipagbabawal natin at iiwasan muna ang large mass gatherings para sigurado na ma-contain natin ang spread ng coronavirus,” Año was quoted as saying by reporters.
“Pero ano ang nangyayari ngayon doon sa area na ‘yun? Hayun nagkumpulan ang lahat ng motorista dahil ang mga otoridad na dapat na nagpapatupad ng naturang direktiba ay pinabayaan nila ang lugar,” the concerned citizen said.
The number of motorists gathered in the said photo is estimated to be around 2,000.
“It defeats the logic that President Duterte’s proclamation of community quarantine because the authorities who are supposed to implement the safety health measure are not doing their job,” the source said.
“Kapag ganyan ang situwasyon ay sorry na lang tayong lahat, hindi talaga nating maiiwasang kumalat ang nakamamatay na coronavirus dahil sa kanilang kapabayaan,” the source added.
“It is suggested that instead of lockdown on the border of San Pedro-Muntinlupa, the lockdown area be expanded to what it is called as Megawide Metro Manila which will now include Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and valenzuela.
In that way converging of people in the border will be avoided.
It shall be noted that most of those who worked in Metro Manila are residents of Laguna, Cavite Rizal and Valenzuela.
You just can’t prevent these workers from entering Metro Manila to earn their livelihood unless all the offices, public and private, be closed down.
By expanding the lockdown area to Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Valenzuela, you will avoid a nightmare such as the one shown in the picture and thus avoid the spreading of virus,” the same source said.
In line with DILG’s directive of social distancing and other necessary health measures, all the local chief executives of Metro Manila even agreed to suspend classes to protect students from the illness.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines already reached 140 with 12 recorded deaths.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that first emerged in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.
The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.
The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which surfaces have a crown-like appearance. The viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces. (ia/

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