Village chiefs worry about fewer Q passes

THERE are not enough QR-coded quarantine passes, or Q passes, to pass around.

That is the problem some village chiefs are facing.

The number of passes they received from the Cebu City Government does not correspond to the actual number of households in their respective areas, they said.

Guadalupe, the city’s biggest barangay, has around 20,000 households. But Barangay Captain Michael Gacasan said they were allocated only 13,000 Q passes.

However, he said he will just explain to his constituents that not everyone will get one.

Punta Princesa Barangay Captain Eleno Andales Jr., for his part, refused to accept the passes delivered to his barangay.

In a Facebook post, he said only 620 passes were sent to his barangay to be distributed to 4,500 households.

Association of Barangay Councils president and Kasambagan Barangay Captain Franklyn Ong said fewer passes were allocated to his barangay, but he will manage it since the objective is to strictly implement the stay-at-home order.

Since there are a number of subdivisions in his barangay, Ong will coordinate with officers of homeowners’ associations to arrange their internal arrangements for the passes.

Ong estimated that there were 6,000 households in his barangay.

Cogon Pardo Barangay Captain Harry Eran expects 2,300 additional passes to be allocated to his barangay.

Eran already received 3,000 passes, but his barangay has around 5,300 households.

Buhisan Barangay Captain Gremar Barete said he will have to make do with the 3,100 passes allocated to his barangay.

Barete said they received more passes now compared to the passes distributed to the barangay in March.

Meanwhile, Ong asked police and military personnel to exercise maximum tolerance, especially this weekend, since barangays are still distributing passes.

Mayor Edgardo Labella explained that the number of Q passes was based on the database of the Department of Health. (JJL)