Amid the significant rise in daily COVID-19 cases in the city, the local government of Muntinlupa called an emergency meeting with transport groups last March 11 ordering the strict implementation of health protocols in public transport vehicles and terminals.
Muntinlupa Traffic and Management Bureau ordered tricycle and jeepney operators to ensure that safety and health measures are observed by drivers and passengers in their vehicles and within terminals. Tricycle Regulatory Unit chief Willy Gomez instructed the drivers to take the initiative to prod passengers to correctly wear face masks and face shields.
Earlier, Muntinlupa LGU mandated tricycle drivers to install a transparent plastic sheet barrier in tricycles to avoid physical contact with their passengers. Tricycle drivers were also enjoined to disinfect their vehicles at least twice a day and must have alcohol-based sanitizers. Mandatory temperature check have been conducted in terminals and disinfecting facilities with soap and water were also installed in local terminals.
Further, Muntinlupa City started to re-impose curfew hours from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Checkpoints were also installed along the boundaries of barangays in a bid to manage the upward trend of COVID-19 cases in the city.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered the installation of inter-barangay checkpoints to monitor non-essential mobility of residents. The local exec also instructed Muntinlupa PNP to augment police personnel in checkpoints and roving efforts.
The age restriction in the city remains from 18-65 years old. Violators will be penalized with P500 for the first offense and P1,000 for succeeding offenses. Residents violating the curfew will also incur a barangay blotter and cancellation of local grants and benefits from the local government.
Persons exempted from the curfew include Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), those whose work involves the delivery of essential goods and services, and those who work in night shift or a 24-hour on-call duty and those providing public transportation.
As of March 10, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 155 active cases from the city’s nine barangays, a 65% increase from March 1 with only 94 active cases.
The doubling time, or the number of days for COVID-19 cases to double in number, is 28.60 days and the attack rate is at 10.46/1000 as of March 7. The average daily new cases for the past 2 weeks in Muntinlupa is 12 cases per day while the recovery rate is at 94.69%.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged city residents not to let their guard down and strictly follow minimum health protocols amid rising cases in the city.
“The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country should not give us a false sense of security. COVID-19 is still here and we should continue observing health protocols such as wearing our face mask and face shield, physical distancing, and washing of hands,” the local exec said.
Fresnedi also appealed to the public to refrain taking non-essential trips. While the IATF has issued guidelines for a unified travel protocols for all local government units easing cross-border trips, the city government eyes to impose stricter travel protocols for inbound visitors especially individuals coming from the province.
*Source: Public Information Office