The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said a total of 112 areas across the country have been placed under localized lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Localized lockdown is like hitting COVID-19 at its source which has been proven to be effective especially in the 112 areas where it is currently being implemented. It really works since the hot zones areas are secluded from the rest of the community, hence, stopping the transmission to other communities,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
According to the DILG chief, enforcing localized lockdown is the best approach in containing COVID-19 as it surgically targets areas where cases, either positive or suspected, are concentrated.
DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said of the 112 areas, a total of 67 are in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); 18 in National Capital Region, 19 in Cebu City, one each in Cavite, Quezon Province, Leyte, and five in Cagayan de Oro City.
Malaya said CAR has 67 areas which have carried out localized lockdown encompassing seven municipalities, 51 barangays, one purok, one subdivision, two buildings, and five zones within Mountain Province, Province of Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Abra, Benguet, and Baguio City.
In Metro Manila, Quezon City has four areas under localized quarantine; nine in Parañaque City; two in Caloocan City; and one each in Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, and Malabon City, Malaya said.
Meanwhile, the agency noted that in Cebu City, there are 19 containment zones including Sambag II, Punta Princesa, Tejero, and Inayawan. The following barangays, on the other hand, were identified as hotspots and are under strict lockdown: Sambag II; Kamputhaw; Sambag 1; Basak San Nicola; Mabolo; Guadalupe; Lahug; Duljo Fatima; Tinago; Tisa; Ermita; and Tejero.
Malaya said since the beginning of the implementation of the general community quarantine and the modified community quarantine, the national government has shifted to the zoning containment strategy since COVID-19 cases being reported at present are clustered in several municipalities and communities.
“Thus, the National Task Force saw the need for an LGU-led containment strategy where LGUs could monitor the pandemic more accurately in their respective areas and allow them to adopt a calibrated response that can adapt to emerging conditions in their areas, enabling them to stay ahead of the outbreak trajectory,” Malaya said.
He then remind LGUs which will implement localized lockdown that they should have organized quick response teams which will carry out the test-trace-treat strategy against the disease.
“Mahirap din naman 'yun basta-basta lang tayo magdeclare ng localized lockdown with no system in place," Malaya said. — RSJ, GMA News