THE Cebu City government will be giving out P100,000 to barangays that are able to achieve zero Covid-19 cases starting Nov. 1 until Dec. 31, 2020.
Mayor Edgardo Labella made the announcement after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Visayas overseer of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), visited Cebu City on Thursday, Oct. 22, to check on the status of the city’s Covid-19 response.
While Cebu City was able to bring down its number of active Covid-19 cases for several weeks, Cimatu said the next challenge for City officials would be to bring the cases down to zero.
Labella is taking Cimatu’s challenge to heart and wants to encourage barangays to aspire for zero Covid-19 cases by offering a P100,000 cash incentive.
As of Oct. 23, Cebu City had 197 active cases, far from the 2,213 Covid-19 active cases reported on June 23 when Cimatu visited Cebu City to begin his work as IATF overseer.
In Lapu-Lapu City, 10 out of 30 barangays in the city were declared Covid-19 free as of Oct. 22, Thursday.
These are Barangays Pusok, Subabasbas, Tingo, San Vicente, Talima, Caw-oy, Baring, Sabang, Tungasan and Caohagan.
Subabasbas and Pusok are both located in the mainland while the rest are island barangays.
Grace Mary Carungay, Lapu-Lapu City epidemiological and surveillance unit officer, said of the barangays with active Covid-19 cases, Calawisan remains on top of the list with 12 cases followed by Basak with
Barangay Gun-ob placed third with six active cases while both barangays Pajo and Babag have five cases each.
The other Lapu-Lapu City barangays with active Covid-19 cases are the following: Poblacion with four cases, Canjulao, Mactan, Marigondon and Punta Engaño with three cases each; while Agus, Buaya, Pajac, Sta. Rosa and Ibo each have two active cases.
Barangays Looc, Bankal and Maribago each have one active case.
Lapu-Lapu City has reported around 2,248 recoveries and 117 mortalities.
Of the city’s current active cases, only 15 are admitted in hospitals, Carungay said. / PAC /JKV, GCM / JKV