Muntinlupa LGU places additional two ‘areas of concern’ under localized lockdown

The local government of Muntinlupa is placing additional two ‘areas of concern’ under granular lockdown due to clustering of cases, high attack rates, and narrow doubling time or the number of days for local COVID-19 cases to double in number.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi convened an emergency meeting for the declaration of a 14-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in Block 8, Hills View and Mangga St., Lakeview Homes in Barangay Putatan starting 06:00 p.m. of August 12 until August 26, 6:00 p.m.

Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi said the local government decided to declare the localized lockdown after recording a high attack rate of 1,125 cases per 10,000 population and a narrow doubling time of 4.0 days for Block 8, Hills View and 92.49 per 10,000 population and a narrow doubling time of 3.0 days for Manga St., Lakeview Homes.

As of August 12, both Block 8 in Hills View and Mangga St. in Lakeview Homes have 9 active cases each. The two communities also have high risk population of senior citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and children. Notably, Block 8 in Hills View has 60 children more than 5 years old and 20 who are under 5 years old while Mangga St. have 65 senior citizens.

Bunyi said that clustering of cases were observed in the communities and minimum public health practices such as social distancing and the strict use of face masks are not strictly followed. Further, CHO noted that the communities are congested and houses are close to one another.

Residents of the said communities will not be allowed to go out of their area during the ELCQ and mass testing will be conducted, including the contact tracing of close contacts.

Further, the City Social Service Department and Barangay Putatan will provide food packs and other basic items for the affected residents during the effectivity of the ELCQ. PNP Muntinlupa is set to secure the two communities and shall augment roving personnel in nearby areas to ensure the public’s strict compliance to health protocols.

Also joining the meeting were PNP Muntinlupa chief Col. Melecio Buslig, DILG Muntinlupa director Bing Ferino, City Planning and Development Office acting head Alvin Veron, Brgy. Putatan capt. Danny Teves, and Hills View HOA officials Cristeta Teves Oredo and Merly Francia.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of the residents from the affected community and urges them to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Recently, the local government has placed Chico St., Laguerta in Barangay Tunasan under ELCQ last August 10 until August 25. There are now 3 communities under hard lockdown in Muntinlupa during the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila.

As of August 11, Muntinlupa City has 15,897 confirmed cases with 14,432 recoveries, 1,065 active cases, 400 reported deaths, 48 suspect cases, and 1,876 probable cases.

*Source: Public Information Office