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Parañaque braces for Covid-19 shock


President Rodrigo Duterte called on Metro Manila mayors for an emergency meeting on Monday amid reports of local transmission of Covid-19 in the National Capital Region. In attendance were (from left) Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, Pasay Mayor Imelda Calixto Rubiano, Navotas Mayor Tobias Tiangco, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita Abalos, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Las Piñas Mayor Imelda Aguilar and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez. Seated with the President are (from left) DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, Exec. Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Sen. Bong Go, Health Sec. Francisco Duque, DFA Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra.

PARAÑAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez on Monday was in the midst of brainstorming session with members of – Parañaque Covid-19 Task Force on the potential impact of the deadly virus when President Duterte summoned the Metro Manila mayors for an emergency meeting at Malacañang.

President Duterte has just signed proclamation 922 declaring a state public health emergency which requires all concerned Govt. agencies including LGU’s to undertake urgent and appropriate response to curtail the Covid-19 threat amid reports of the increasing number of covid-19 cases in the country.

On March 12, President Rodrigo Duterte approved and announced the imposition of a “community quarantine” in the entire Metro Manila to contain the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country.

Prior to his meeting with President Duterte, Olivarez met with various health officers of the Philippine Offshore gaming operators to ensure that their workers, particularly those residing in the city, complied with the directives of the city health office.

Olivarez also revealed that its city council is working to pass resolution approving the use of their calamity fund to purchase test kits of its own in preparation for possible local transmission as this will ensure prompt response to covid-19 patients once the dreaded disease entered the city.

Although Parañaque City may not feel the impact of covid-19 as yet since there is no confirmed case or resident tested positive of covid-19 in the city, except for a couple from Greenhills, San Juan City who was initially admitted at the UniHealth Parañaque Hospital but later on transferred to RITM “nevertheless the city government needs to deploy all available means to keep it safe from the virus” said Olivarez.

Olivarez also instructed concerned department heads to provide the right information to the public on covid-19 so they may know how they should react to prevent getting infected by the disease. “Though the deadly virus is within our doorsteps, the city remains calm but vigilant because of the correct information the city provides about covid-19” said Olivarez.

At the meeting with covid-19 task force, Olivarez underscored the efforts of local barangays in dealing with the dreaded disease, saying that the Brgy. Health Emergency Response team (Bhert) play an essential role in keeping the residents safe by tracking down possible carrier of covid-19 in the community.

At the same time, Olivarez instructed the Cenro to start disinfecting areas that are frequently used by public such as places of worships, public schools, public market, health centers, multi-purpose buildings, sports complex and city govt. offices among others.


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