Lapu-Lapu City under enhanced community quarantine starting March 29

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan has placed the entire Lapu-Lapu City under an enhanced community quarantine starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020 until further notice. He also said that the Department of Health has recorded one presumptive positive case of the Covid-19 in the city.

Chan also announced that the Mactan Economic Processing Zone (MEPZ) will temporarily shut down its operation within 72 hours.

In a statement Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Chan said that he asking the cooperation of residents to help fight the spread of the Covid-19. He said that he has also asked local police to strictly implement the order in the city.

"Una na nakong gisulti nga dakong seryoso ang problema nga atong giatubang karon. Usbon ko, akong gihangyo nga kamong tanan mo-cooperate kay maglisod akog tabang kaninyu kung dili mo maminaw sa atong gobyerno. PALIHUG, MAGTINABANGAY TA. Usa lang ang akong gisiguro, nga dili ko kamo biyaan og ania lang ako nga pirme motabang kaninyu sa inyung mga kinahanglan," Chan said on his Facebook page.

(I once said that we are facing a big problem. I repeat, I ask all of you [constituents] to cooperate because it's hard for me to help you if you do not listen to the instructions of the governmenr. PLEASE, LET US HELP ONE ANOTHER. One thing's certain, I will not leave you all and I am always by your side to help you with your needs)

During the enhance community quarantine, residents are required to stay in their houses with exception to medical/health workers and personnel who will report for work within or outside Lapu-Lapu City.

Also exempted are employees working for an exempt business establishment including one member of the family /household who will transport them to their workplace. Employees are, however, required to bring their identification (ID) card and family/household members are requred to bring a quarantine pass.

Those who need to undergo medical check up, treatment, or procedure are also exempted from the home quarantine provided that one member of the family/household can accompany the patient.

The purchase of basic necessities are allowed provided that they present a quarantine pass.

Furthermore, Chan has ordered closed all business establishements except for grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores including public and private markets, pharmacies, hardware stores, hotels, banks, food establishments, medical clinics, labratories and money remittance and money exchange centers, and water, electricity, cable, and telecommunication companies.

Non-residents of Lapu-Lapu City are also restricted to enter the city. Exempted are: Government officials and their staff, essential employees of Lapu-Lapu City Government, members of the Philippine National Police, armed forces, navy, and air force; mdical/ health worker and personnel, members of the media, emergency rescue vehicle with their personnel, and othe rpersons as may be exempted by the mayor. (JGS)