The city government of Caloocan is putting up a facility for persons under investigation and persons under monitoring for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in one of the barangays of the city.
Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan confirmed to GMA News Online that a facility would be built in Barangay 28.
"Yes, saka ibang mga Catholic school," he said in a text message.
Ronn del Valle, a resident of Barangay 28, said it has been a week since residents in the area had noticed that tents were being put up in the barangay.
"We thought na para sa mga sundalo and stranded construction workers 'yung ginagawang barracks and tents pero bigla pong pumutok ang balita na para nga daw sa PUIs and PUMs," Del Valle told GMA News Online, noting that they were not informed about the matter.
"It all started with tents then may mga woodworks na po," he added.
According to Del Valle, policemen are also visible in the area.
He said the move of the local government has gained mixed reactions from the residents.
"'Yung iba okay lang daw kasi via contact naman 'yung virus, 'yung iba naman nagaalala," del Valle said.
According to Malapitan, the local government chose the said barangay because the area is spacious and it has a vacant lot.
He assured residents that the local government would put up a fence around the facility.
"Malayo naman sa mga bahay, malayo sila di naman maaapektuhan... naka-bakod 'yun," Malapitan said.
The national government has tasked local government units to set up quarantine areas for COVID-19 patients, PUIs and PUMs in their respective localities.
At present, Caloocan City has more than 60 cases of COVID-19. -NB/RSJ, GMA News