LOCKDOWN IN MORNING BREEZE, ALABANG EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 16 AMID RISING COVID-19 CASES

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emergency and Infectious Diseases (RATF-EID) has approved the extension of the Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in a Barangay Alabang compound until June 16 following the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The RIATF-EID has permitted the extension of the localized ECQ in Morning Breeze, Brgy. Alabang until June 16, 2020, 11:59 PM through RIATF Resolution No. 8 upon the request of Muntinlupa City Government.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently ordered a 72-hour ELCQ in Morning Breeze, a compound with 249 families situated near Laguna de Bay, starting June 3, 12:01 AM to June 5, 11:59 PM.

As of June 8, the City Health Office recorded 19 residents from Morning Breeze who tested positive for COVID-19, the highest among Muntinlupa communities.

The local health office notes that the community shows clustering of cases where confirmed cases live close to each other. Social distancing and strict use of face masks were not strictly followed during the 72-hour lockdown.

CHO has conducted a mass testing for all residents of Morning Breeze and strengthened its isolation strategies and treatment of residents who tested positive for the disease.

Muntinlupa CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the severe containment of all residents is ideal while awaiting the release of the results of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests of 33 probable cases, which are the remainder of the originally conducted tests among 131 residents.

Tuliao added that the extension would complete the quarantine period of the community up to 14 days, the known incubation period of the disease.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged for the cooperation of the residents and strict observance of health protocols to curb the disease in the compound.

“We ask for the cooperation of our residents in Morning Breeze to stay at home for the duration of the lockdown. The lockdown aims to ensure their safety and the successful containment of the virus in their community,” the local exec said.

Muntinlupa Social Services Department, together with Barangay Alabang government, continues to provide relief food packs to cover all meals and other supplies during the effectivity of the ELCQ. While, members of the Philippine National Police – Muntinlupa City Station and Philippine Coast Guard – Bayanan Sub-Station deployed in the compound continue to enforce security measures.

The local government also plans to put other areas in the city with high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases under localized community quarantine.

Muntinlupa City has 262 confirmed cases with 171 recoveries, 40 active cases, 33 reported deaths, 58 suspect cases, and 389 probable cases as of June 8.

*Source: Public Information Office