MANILA – A presidential adviser has suggested to President Rodrigo Duterte on implementing a selective quarantine at the barangay level after April 30, the last day of the extended Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
A selective quarantine at the barangay level is “the most sustainable approach to containing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said.
In a prepared statement, Concepcion recommended that “barangays which is still experiencing high infection rates should undergo another extension to ensure the containment of COVID-19.”
“This all serves as an incentive for the mayors, barangay captains, and the residents to keep their barangays safe, with no new cases,” Concepcion added.
“Let us not penalize the barangays that are infection-free and have [them] follow… the President’s orders to stay home for six weeks,” Concepcion stressed.
If implemented successfully, the strategy Concepcion explained, “will help reinstate public confidence and revive the economy.”
“With proper testing and containment of the virus at the barangay levels, key industries can resume operations and the essential workforce can return safely to work,” Concepcion added.
Under the scheme, barangay quarantine can be maintained until cases go down to zero or until a cure is found, Concepcion said.
“When we say barangay quarantine, you don’t start by locking down a certain city, you start by considering quarantines for barangays that have high infection rates,” he said adding that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases would still provide the determining guidelines for declaring a quarantine.