GOOD day, everyone! How are you doing so far under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ)? During these "Ber" months, I wish you all well and hope that you have religiously observed the minimum health protocols to maintain what we have attained so far in controlling the spread of this deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
I would like to assume that everyone is happy even with the downtrend in the economy because I now see more people outside of their homes doing the things they used to do before the lockdowns. The beach where there is fresh air and sunshine is the popular destination by many after the lockdown was relaxed.
Cebu City Attorney Rey Gealon told the press on Monday that the 36 barangays in Cebu city have no new reports of Covid-19 infection. Or, could it be possible that no one reported about the infection? Be that as it may, this should not be a reason to put our guard down because the experts have repeatedly said that the virus is still much around.
The 36 barangays with zero case of Covid-19 are: Calamba, Adlaon, Agsungot, Babag, Bonbon, Budlaan, Buot, Cambinocot, Day-as, Ermita, Guba, Kinasang-an Pardo, Lusaran, Mabini, Malubog, Pamutan, Paril, Pasil, Pulang Bato, Pung-ol Sibugay, Quiot, San Antonio, San Nicolas Proper, Sto. Niño, Sawang Calero, Sinsin, Sirao, Suba, Sudlon 1, Sudlon II, T. Padilla, Tabunan, Tagba-o, Taptap, Tinago, and Toong.
Mountain Barangays Taptap, Paril, Buot and Sudlon 1 are allegedly coronavirus-free since the start of the pandemic. It's understandable because there are few people in these mountain barangays and the houses are already distanced from each other. Or, it's also possible that nobody reported that someone had fever or any illness that could be related to Covid-19.
City Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementer of the city's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), reminded the public not to be complacent and to always observe the minimum health protocols, like wearing face mask, social distancing or avoiding crowd and regular washing of hands. There are 34 barangays in the city that are still enduring from the coronavirus infections. Barangay Apas has the highest with 39 cases.
The police should not only educate the public on the quarantine and health protocols but should also enforce the city ordinance that penalizes those who do not wear face masks properly, or going out of their homes without valid purpose. Under our setting, only few observe the laws, rules and regulations and discipline could only be attained if the laws are enforced to the letter.
The police and the barangay tanods should regularly visit places where the people congregate, like the public markets and stores without security guards. I said this before and I will say it again to the extent that I would sound like a broken record that most vendors in public markets do not wear their face masks properly. The face mask is on their chin. The classic example is the public markets in Talamban. The fish vendors are notoriously incorrigible despite my efforts to remind them to wear the mask properly. Remember that Talamban still has 14 active Covid-19 cases.
I've seen workers in some water refilling stations that do not have face mask and they're handling potable drinking water. I have reported these violations to the barangay officials and I posted on social media the pictures I took on those who are not wearing their face mask properly. Sad to say, there was no immediate action taken by those who are to enforce the health protocols.