Just recently, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas made a statement via social media regarding the recent Covid-19 scare. His statement was published on March 13. It can be recalled that Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna ordered the temporary closing of the Iloilo City Hall last Friday to sanitize the building.
My fellow Ilonggos, in the light of COVID-19 Scare that placed the country to Code Red Sublevel 2, since there is evidence of community transmission, and after President Duterte announced Metro Manila to be under community quarantine, I, the Local Chief Executive of Iloilo City, would like to enlighten you all about our current status, the initiatives we have been doing, and the measures we need to observe.
Amidst the growing number of COVID-19 patients in the country, I still feel blessed that up to date, there is no confirmed positive case in Iloilo City, and we would like to keep it that way by being vigilant, and by following directives included in the Executive Orders, Advisories, and Preventive Measures we came up with in the Iloilo City Government, National Government and the Department of Health.
Following discussions from health authorities, and other concerned personnel, as early as February 5, through Executive Order 28, I have designated a Focal Person to coordinate and implement disease prevention and control measures against the COVID-19.
This was followed through by subsequent issuances implementing strict quarantine procedures, surveillance and clearance of all Foreign Vessels calling on ports in Iloilo City, adoption of a health declaration checklist, tourism establishments and barangay monitoring.
I designated the COVID-19 Task Force of Iloilo City that has been continuously holding barangay orientation on appropriate measures in response to the COVID-19 threat, including the checking of Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) their own barangays. There is a continuous sanitizing activity in all barangays, and nine (9) additional medical doctors and twenty-eight (28) nurses will be employed to assist the COVID-19 Task Force and Iloilo City Health Office.
I have convened all the stakeholders involved in the City of Iloilo especially our representatives from DepEd, CHED, school administrators, university presidents, the business and private sector to centralize our efforts and response against the COVID 19 threat.
Last March 11, I have released Executive Order No. 48 in anticipation of possible local transmission of COVID-19 suspending all mass gatherings in the city. Earlier today, I announced the suspension of classes in all levels both in public and private schools from March 16-29 to avoid mass gatherings. As there has been no confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Iloilo City, our present situation does not necessitate the declaration of a lockdown. There is no lockdown in Iloilo City.
With all these, I would like to appeal to every Ilonggo to cooperate by observing proper measures such as religious hand washing, proper cough etiquette, social distancing and disinfection measures.
We are together against this fight, but to defeat COVID-19 starts with self-responsibility. The Iloilo City Government can only do so much, but together, we can do even so much more with your cooperation, my beloved Ilonggos.
Level-up Iloilo, let us level-up against this virus!