TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Mar 24 (PIA) - Cavite province joined several local governments across Luzon to declare state of calamity due to the increasing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte's initial proclamation placing Metro Manila under general community quarantine prompted the Provincial Board of Cavite to pass Resolution No. 1437-2020 on March 16, declaring the province under state of calamity.
With the declaration, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla will enable to access its quick response funds amounting to P20 million for interventions and measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the different parts of the province, according to the Provincial Information and Community Affairs Department (PICAD)
Remulla also issued an executive order placing the whole province under community quarantine to further prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Effective March 17, curfew hours have been imposed in the province from 8pm to 5am for non-essential personnel on the streets while malls, computer shops, spas, gaming parlors, even tiangges, basketball courts, public parks and playgrounds, and resorts were ordered to close temporarily.
Only restaurants (no dine-in only take-outs and deliveries), banks, public utility offices, payment centers and other related financial services, groceries, supermarkets, pharmacies, pawnshops, hardwares, and wet markets will remain open.
With the enhanced community quarantine in place, all mass gatherings like fiestas, religious congregations, public assemblies are also discouraged while mass transportation is suspended.
The provincial government has also set up border checkpoints manned by uniformed personnel and quarantine officers to monitor the movement of people limited to accessing basic needs.
As of March 23, the health department reports 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cavite. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite with reports from PICAD)