Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a Facebook post, shared a message should the city be granted to transition to General Community Quarantine on the 16th of May. The mayor discussed preparations as well as strategic plans should the city be placed under GCQ.
“Una ko gid nga hilikuton sa subong nga semana ang pagpa meeting upod ang aton COVID-19 Team. Maayo gid nga umpisa sang aton Lunes sa pagplastar sang mga plano naton kag padayon nga pagpangita solusyon para sa mga problema sang aton syudad,” begins Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
“We discussed SM City’s proposal to construct a temporary 120-bed capacity isolation center at Megaworld area. This will help us in preparing for worse situations, especially when we transition to General Community Quarantine,” he added.
It can be recalled that SM, through SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), recently constructed seven (7) insulated emergency quarantine facilities (EQFs) in Pasay and Quezon City to house and treat patients affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Built by the SM Engineering Design and Development (SM EDD) team, and WTA Architecture and Design Studio, these include four facilities in Camp Crame and two facilities at the AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna in Quezon City; as well as one at the Air Force General Hospital – Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Read more: SM Constructs Emergency Quarantine Facilities in Metro Manila
Treñas also tackled the on-going preparation for the laboratory. On Friday, the City Engineer’s Office will be submitting the final estimation of the construction. Treñas also reveals the strategic plans set for GCQ regarding curfew, liquor ban, and reopening of malls.
“We had our strategic planning as well. We formulated the rules that we will implement as soon as we lift the ECQ to GCQ such as the adjustment of the curfew, the selling of liquor only allowed until 7pm, the 24/7 fast food and convenient stores allowed to open, and malls also allowed to open but still, there are rules that they should abide,” Treñas elaborates.
Treñas reiterates that the city needs to move forward, as well as its economy. However, precautionary measures should still be in place. Moreover, he assured that the distribution of food will last until May 30.
“We need to do all of these because we need to move forward, and so our economy as well. Bangud bisan manaug na kita sa GCQ pero ang aton frontliners nagaubra pa kag ang aton pagpangaman ara gihapon. Gani, asta sa May 30 pa ang aton pagpanagtag pagkaon,”he concludes.