Nov 28, 2020

El Nido GK community has own COVID-19 response measure

Residents of Gawad Kalinga (GK) installed roof sheets around the village so that there is now only one entry and exit point that they will be able to monitor.

(Photo courtesy of Maddie Asuncion)


EL NIDO, Palawan — To minimize the risk of virus transmission, a residential community here has fenced off its surroundings in order to control the entry and exit of people and ensure compliance with health safety measures.

Residents of Gawad Kalinga (GK) installed roof sheets around the village so that there is now only one entry and exit point that they will be able to monitor.

Masagana barangay chairman Edilberto Templado Jr. said over a hundred residents of the community helped each other on July 6 to put up the fence.

(Photo courtesy of Maddie Asuncion)

The community also implemented a 6 p.m. curfew for minors and 10 p.m. for adults.

“Kasi ang mga bata d’yan karamihan halos madaling araw na nakikita ng isa sa mga tanod ko na lakad nang lakad kaya isa sa mga preventive measures nila ay ‘yong pagbabakod nila sa GK at curfew na rin kasi hindi rin kakayanin if iasa lahat sa barangay,“ Templado said.

Jenny Asuncion, one of the officials of the GK, said the fencing the community was also part of the guidelines of the GK in the province when it implemented the “Bantay Kalinga Seguridad”.

Asuncion said part of their health protocol implementation is not allowing any visitor to just come inside their GK community in Masagana.

“Binakod namin ang buong palibot ng yero para hindi makakalabas ang aming mga anak at iisa lang ang aming entrance at exit. Hindi kami nagpapapasok ng kung sinu-sino lang, mahirap na at napakarami namin dito sa loob,” she told Palawan News.

She said the residents have grouped themselves also into mother and father teams in charge of day and night monitoring.

They have a logbook where they write the names of those who go in and out of the GK.

“Isang oras lang sa hapon pwedeng lumabas at maglaro sa GK plaza ang mga anak namin. Kailangan namin siguraduhin ang seguridad ng aming komunidad kaya ipinagbabawal din namin ang pagpapasok ng mga taga labas kasi ‘di namin alam kung saan sila nanggagaling,” she said.

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