The rendered map shows the zones which would be placed in different community quarantine levels starting Monday (June 29). (Photo courtesy of City Planning Office)


Certain parts of Barangay Santa Monica in Puerto Princesa City will be placed under localized lockdown starting Monday, June 29, in a bid to contain the spread of the highly infectious new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Village chief Ronaldo Sayang said Sunday morning the order was issued by the City Inter-Agency Task Force (CIATF), after six active COVID-19 positive cases were reported as “community transmission”.

“Critical zone or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ‘yong ilang bahay malapit sa ating subject. Itong mga nasa within 500-meter radius ay under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) o containment zone. ‘Yong another 500 meters from containment zone, sila naman ‘yong nasa general community quarantine (GCQ) o buffer zone,” Sayang said.

Movements in and out of the identified zones would be regulated by the police and local officials. Quarantine passes will also be issued to residents and only essential travel, such as emergency and buying essential items would be allowed.

Sayang added that the city government will provide food assistance to those families who would be affected by said localized lockdown.

The areas under Sta. Monica under MECQ include Maunlad, Fishermen’s Village, Villa Princesa, El Rancho, and certain parts of Maagap, Pagkakaisa, and Mountain View,

Those under GCQ are Everlasting, Sampaguita, Magkakaisa, Employees’ Village, National Housing Authority (NHA) Village, Imelda, and certain parts of Princeville, Maagap, and Pagkakaisa.

Barangay Santa Monica has recorded a total of six confirmed COVID-19 cases which the local health authorities considered as “community transmission”.


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