THE City Government of San Carlos in Pangasinan will continue the quarantine identification (Q-ID) system and the market scheduling amid the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the city.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the City Information Office (CIO) said such protocols prevent crowd gathering in the city proper and the possible spread of the coronavirus.
The city has the second-highest population in Pangasinan and physical distancing might not be observed strictly.
“There are 70,000 Q-ID holders in the city, which are divided into three clusters given the Bayan Schedule (market schedule). Meaning, there will be more or less 20,000 people who may go to the malls and markets in the city daily. In addition, there are more than 5,000 employees of the establishments, offices, malls, and government offices in the city,” the CIO said.
Some 25,000 people may go out daily in the city proper to access different services and goods given the quarantine regulations, but without the quarantine regulations, the number may be doubled or tripled, which may pose a risk of spreading the virus, the CIO added.
The CIO said the decision to retain the quarantine regulations was due to the two active cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“We are still waiting for the results of the tests of more than 70 patients in the city who had close contact with the confirmed cases,” it said.
The CIO added the decision was made by the Local Task Force in the city headed by Mayor Julier Resuello.
San Carlos City Government has started issuing Q-IDs as a replacement of the disposable quarantine pass, and households were advised to decide who would represent the family as they only issue one Q-ID per family.
Each of the 86 villages of the city has twice a week market day schedule for accessing essential services.
Meanwhile, workers in the establishments open during the MGCQ are allowed any day to access their essential needs in malls and markets and they just have to show their company ID. (PNA)