Several barangays were still failing to enforce social distancing measures despite the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines, with police even having to arrest several residents who were engaged in an illegal cockfight.
According to Raffy Tima’s 24 Oras report on Tuesday, Department of the Interior and Local Government officials made the rounds of several barangays to check on the measure's enforcement.
In Caloocan's Barangay Camarin, not only was social distancing not being practiced, but quarantine passes were also being overused and relief goods were being distributed only in select areas.
Barangay officials said that they had been tirelessly reminding their constituents to stay indoors.
“Tumulong po sana sila wala na nga po silang trabaho, nagsasabong pa tapos nagrereklamo pa sila na wala na raw po sila makain pero bakit nakakapagsugal pa ‘di po ba,” Editha Labasbas, the barangay captain of Camarin, said.
Given what they found, the DILG urged the public to follow social distancing measures at all costs.
“Mas matindi pa siya sa magnanakaw kasi po ang ninanakaw is buhay eh. Kung pilit nila lumabas, baka pagpasok niya may dala na siyang sakit o maaaring paglabas ay may sakit at ilalabas niya,” said DILG Barangay Affairs Summons and Complains chief Richard Geronimo.
There were five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Caloocan as of Tuesday.
Across the entire country, 552 people had been infected, while 35 died due to the virus. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/DVM, GMA News