THE Municipality of Toboso is the only local government unit all over Negros Occidental which imposed a lockdown due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and it is now effective.
Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco made the statement based on the assessment they made on the second day of the implementation of a lockdown which will last until April 5.
“It’s actually a ‘hit or miss’ situation. We may continue the lockdown after seven days or we will bring it down to enhanced community quarantine after April 5,” Jaojoco said.
He said that they have not issued quarantine pass to the residents and that enough food packs were distributed to indigent households.
The barangays provided three kilos and canned goods for every household while the Municipal Government also distributed ten kilos of rice and canned goods, Jaojoco said.
“We are a small town with meager resources so we want to contain the virus as soon as possible and we find the lockdown an effective way to also closely monitor possible patients under investigation (PUI)”, Jaojoco further explained.
No one is allowed to enter and get out of the municipal jurisdiction since March 30 except cane trucks, food and essential goods as well as medical and health supplies.
Jaojoco also explained the quarantine pass that will be issued effective April 6 will only allow residents of every barangay to go out to buy foods in the market twice a week depending on the schedule of their respective barangays.
Jaojoco also said apprehensions were already made by the local police which he led during operation against violators of the lockdown he ordered.
Tarpaulins stating the content of the EO on lockdown has also been displayed at the municipal hall and other strategic areas in the municipality, Jaojoco added.