Fresnedi orders brgy captains to reinforce local isolation facilities amid COVID-19 surge

With the alarming COVID-19 surge in the city for the last weeks, the local government of Muntinlupa is reinforcing the utilization of isolation facilities and strengthening its prevent-detect-isolate-treat-reintegrate (PDITR) strategy in a bid to prevent further local transmission.

Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi convened local officials and barangay chairmen on Friday for an emergency meeting to present the latest COVID-19 situation in the city and discuss health measures to combat the rising cases of COVID-19 and possible surge due to highly transmissible variants of concern.

As of August 26, Muntinlupa City has 18,987 confirmed cases with 16,124 recoveries, 2,432 active cases, 431 reported deaths, 57 suspect cases, and 3,471 probable cases. The City Health Office also recorded a high average daily cases at 213 per day for the last two weeks with an attack rate of 34.70 per 1,000 population.

Fresnedi ordered the barangay chairmen to reinforce the utilization of local isolation facilities in their community and coordinate with the city-managed quarantine facilities upon reaching full capacity.

Barangay Isolation Units have been installed since last year with 65 beds in total: Brgy. Tunasan with 6 beds, Brgy. Poblacion with 12 beds, Brgy. Putatan with 9 beds, Brgy. Bayanan with 2 bends, Brgy. Cupang with 10 beds, Brgy. Buli with 2 beds, Brgy. Sucat with 10 beds, and Brgy. Ayala Alabang with 6 beds.

While, the 144-bed capacity Pacwood Site Isolation in Brgy. Tunasan has 84 occupants (72 COVID-19 positive individuals, 12 probable) while the 31-bed capacity Ospital ng Muntinlupa Quarantine Facility has 3 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 as of August 26.

Earlier, the Muntinlupa City Council passed City Ordinance 2020-126 ordering the mandatory self-isolation, or admission to city isolation facilities if requirements for home quarantine are not met as certified by the City Health Office (CHO), for anyone who have undergone COVID-19 swab testing.

Residents violating the local ordinance will face P3,000 penalty for first offense, P5,000 for second offense, and a maximum of one year imprisonment upon discretion of the court and P5,000 penalty for the third and succeeding offenses.

Further, Mayor Fresnedi instructed the City Health Office to strengthen its coordination with the barangays for the information dissemination of daily COVID-19 cases in their areas. The Community Affairs and Development Office is set to coordinate with local homeowners associations for the posting of COVID-19 cases bulletin in the entry points of their subdivisions and communities.

The local government also eyes to implement guidelines on house lockdowns for households with more than two members who are COVID-19 positive.

Recently, nine areas in Muntinlupa have been placed under Enhanced Localized Community Quarantine since August 20. Areas under lockdown include: Mahogany St. and Kamagong St. in Villa Carolina 2, Brgy. Tunasan from August 24 to September 8, Building 2, BLISS Complex, Brgy. Putatan from August 23 to September 7, Building 17 in Filinvest Socialized Housing, Brgy. Alabang from August 19 to September 2, Angelo St., Horrileno St., Endencia St., Paredes St., and Barrera St. in Katarungan Village, Brgy. Poblacion from August 19 to September 2, Purok 3, Molera Compound in Barangay Sucat and Purok 7, Beatriz Compound, De Mesa L & B Street in Barangay Alabang from August 6 to August 27, Block 8, Hills View and Mangga St., Lakeview Homes in Barangay Putatan from August 12 to August 26 and Chico St., Laguerta in Barangay Tunasan under ELCQ from August 10 to August 25.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urges city residents to exercise extra vigilance amid the surge of new cases and prevalence of variants of concern in the city. He encouraged the public to strictly observance health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, wearing of face masks, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.

City residents are also encouraged to get vaccinated as protection against COVID-19.  Muntinlupa City residents may register online through the city’s COVID-19 vaccination registration system via www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac.

*Source: Public Information Office