IMUS CITY, Cavite, Mar. 24 (PIA) --Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi together with officials of concerned offices outlined a program for transportation, food, health and other concerns to address issues that cropped up in the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the city.
Different problems arose from the implementation of the ECQ, particularly with the suspension of mass transportation and the lockdown of the cities and municipalities with hundreds of commuters returning home from work or going to work in the south were stranded.
The threat of the COVID-19 contagion did not deter the people from leaving their homes because the ordinary workers were more concerned with their livelihood rather than their safety and continued to go out to report for work.
A controlled transport system was implemented with accredited vehicles to provide transport service to Imusenos to bring them to public markets, supermarkets, hospitals, pharmacies, banks and to place of work within the city. Point-to-point vehicles will also be provided for transport service outside of the city.
In coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), sanitary, medical and food supplies were distributed to the indigent families especially those families of employees affected by the ECQ. The Market Office and Slaughterhouse assured enough food supply for the city residents' consumption including delivery of essential goods.
Garbage collection goes on as scheduled in coordination with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) while regular misting and disinfection especially in public markets and churches will be conducted.
The country was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 16, 2020 after an alarming increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the island of Luzon and in some provinces outside the island.
"The residents of Imus need not be worried in this time of crisis, but should keep calm, stay home and be disciplined enough to follow the regulations being implemented by the authorities," the Imus Information Office said. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/with reports from Imus Information Office)