Residents can go out only twice weekly under Abellanosa’s plan

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CEBU City South District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa has proposed to produce 240,000 color-coded cards as quarantine passes (QPs) for local households.

Should the City Government and the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force agree to his proposal, he will come up with the color-coded cards with serial numbers in one week.

Abellanosa said he will also use his own resources to produce the cards to replace the “useless QR codes” attached to the QPs.

Under the current setup, residents can go outside thrice a week, which allows 90,000 residents to go outside at the same time, he said.

The City printed 178,000 QR-coded passes to replace the old QP, which was canceled by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in June.

According to Executive Order (EO) 82-A, holders of QPs ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those with passes ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) can go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

EO 82-A amended the City’s EO that set down guidelines in implementing the enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.

The new rules introduced, among others, more stringent measures in the use of the QP.

Abellanosa said that with his proposal, the number of residents going out in a single day will go down to 80,000.

He said cardholders will be grouped into three: those who can go out on Mondays and Thursday, Tuesdays and Fridays and Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“The basic arithmetic of quarantine passes: the lesser the weekdays people are allowed to go out for essentials, the more QPs for households and lesser people going out,” Abellanosa said.

Abellanosa said the City Government will only have to attach the dry seal on the new passes and distribute these. The rest of the work will be undertaken by his staff at the Cebu City South District Operations Center, he said.

“It is not too late to rethink and correct the QP system. No need for the useless QR codes. Color-coded cards with serial numbers and City Hall dry seal is the key,” Abellanosa said.

Last March, the City Hall distributed 250,000 QPs with the aim of providing one pass per household, but many were not able to get one.

Last June, the DILG canceled the validity of the passes and the City Hall produced another set of QPs. But instead of 250,000, it came up with only 178,000 passes. It used the Department of Health database as basis for the number of households.

According to the website of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the current population of Cebu City is 922,611 with 213,781 households.

SunStar Cebu tried to reach Mayor Edgardo Labella and City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. for comment, to no avail. (JJL)