Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded barangay officials to strictly enforce general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines after clustering and community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases were observed in some areas.
On Thursday, Belmonte met separately with barangay captains from all 142 barangays, according to district, to reiterate their responsibility in enforcing national and local GCQ regulations to control the spread of COVID-19.
“We have been informed that most of the causes for the spread of COVID-19 cases in areas that were recently placed under special concern lockdown (SCL) were due to various unauthorized activities, which were regrettably preventable,” said Belmonte.
“There were reports that residents in the said areas had drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes that exceeded limitations in duration and number of attendees, and even played basketball and volleyball,” she added.
She also traced to videoke sessions and birthday parties the causes of transmission in some areas.
The lady Mayor mentioned that additional numbers of COVID-19 cases found in SCL areas were alarming. These were revealed after the conduct of intensive contact tracing, rapid testing, and PCR testing, as part of the health interventions being done by the City during the implementation of the lockdown period.
At the meeting, Belmonte underscored the responsibilities of barangay captains in strictly enforcing within their respective jurisdictions the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and prohibition of mass gatherings.
Barangays were also directed to make apprehensions against violators, conduct foot patrols to disseminate information to residents, enforce the public safety hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and strictly regulate the sale of liquor which is allowed only between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We also remind barangay officials that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is constantly monitoring if they are cooperating with the city government. Failure to do so may lead to the filing of administrative cases against both local and barangay officials,” she said.
Belmonte said the City, Philippine National Police and barangays are set to release joint protocols to ensure the smooth coordination and uniform implementation of enforcement procedures and penalties in the communities.