Luz sitio remains on lockdown
Alicia Ivy L. Chua (The Freeman) - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The lockdown protocol in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz in Cebu City is still in effect, a village spokesperson clarified yesterday.

“The sitio is still in lockdown,” Luz Barangay Secretary and spokesperson Eldebrian Arañez said.

He made the clarification following the issuance of Memorandum No. 2020-299 dated June 2, which lifts the lockdown order.

It was the second order issued by Mayor Edgardo Labella for the said purpose.

Labella first issued Memorandum 2020-296 lifting the confinement order for Sitio Zapatera effective noon of May 20, 2020. He directed the Philippine National Police, Cebu City Health Department (CCHD), and the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) to “implement necessary measures to effectively lift the lockdown.”

But the police and the CCHD placed the sitio on lockdown again a day after because there were still nine residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

It was only on May 27 that the CCHD recommended the lifting of the lockdown, resulting in the issuance of Memorandum 2020-299.

In the new memorandum, Labella ordered City Administrator Floro Casas, Jr., the police, and CCDRRMO to implement the directive.

Since the order was not addressed to the barangay, Arañez said they will wait for the cops and CCDRRMO, among others, to execute the lifting of the total lockdown.

Arañez said the PNP will execute the order once signed and approved by the police regional director in Central Visayas.

Barangay Luz officials placed Sitio Zapatera under lockdown on April 7 after recording its first case of COVID-19. Sitio Zapatera is the largest among all 15 sitios in Barangay Luz with a population of at least 9,000 individuals.

Appeal

With the lockdown, the sub-village is under strict quarantine protocols barring residents from moving in and out of the area.

Arañez said around 300 workers from the sitio are affected by the lockdown.

He said a request letter was sent Friday to Police Colonel Josefino Ligan, director of the Cebu City police office, asking him to exempt the workers and to allow them to go back to work.

“We appealed to the city police director na hatagan og exemption ang atong mga workers diha sa Sitio Zapatera nga makabalik na sa ilang trabaho,” said Arañez.   KQD (FREEMAN)

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