LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard Chan has ordered local police and disaster officials to monitor beaches in the city.
Chan said he received reports that public beaches in Barangays Marigondon and Maribago have exceeded 50 percent of its allowed maximum capacity.
During Monday’s flag raising ceremony, Chan said even though the city is currently under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), this doesn’t mean that the public should be complacent when it comes to following health protocols.
Chan urged authorities to strictly monitor beaches if they those visiting there to swim are following the health protocol as a way to prevent infections.
For his part, Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) chief Nagiel Bañacia said he plans to meet with barangay officials to discuss how they can control those visiting beaches in their jurisdiction.
Bañacia said they need the barangay’s help as they need more people to monitor and to strict implement the minimum health standards in those beaches.
He said he also plans to reinstall checkpoints along roads near public beaches to ensure that the 50 percent maximum capacity is strictly observed.
Bañacia said they were not able to implement the policy during the previous weeks as a lot of families would often flock to beaches during the Christmas and New Year holidays. (GCM / JKV)