In a statement released by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas on his official Facebook page, he is considering a lockdown for the City of Iloilo. The mayor stresses that it is a plausible way to stop the chain of transmission amid the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
“I am considering a lockdown for the city so that we can immediately stop the chain of transmission of the virus. With the increasing number of PUIs, we have in the city we need to act fast. When it comes to emergency situations like this, speed comes to perfection. And we need to move fast so we can stop the virus and be able to save lives,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas on his official Facebook page.
The mayor also explained that only essential establishments will be open during a lockdown. This includes supermarkets and pharmacies. Moreover, the mayor reassures that there will be an ongoing supply of goods.
“During a lockdown, we will be only be opening essential establishments so that Ilonggos can still buy their daily needs, I am meeting with the supermarkets and pharmacies and they have assured the ongoing supply of goods. For the barangays, we are already preparing your barangay daycare so we can provide mobile kitchens. There is no need to panic,” Treñas adds.
Moreover, Treñas adds that the decision to put Iloilo on lockdown is still not final.
“This is not final yet since we need to have this approved. This is for the best of everyone. I also hope that everyone will cooperate. The longer you will start cooperating the longer this virus will stop. Keep safe everyone. Halong Iloilo! Halong Ilonggos,” says Treñas.
Photo credit: Official Facebook page of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
Update: Mayor seriously considering a lockdown. In a recent update from the Iloilo City Government, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas is seriously considering a lockdown, especially with the increasing numbers of PUMs and PUIs. The mayor has already coordinated with the governors of the different provinces, the Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, the Office of Civil Defense, and the Philippine Army.