Bacolodnons back new limitations on quarantine pass

BACOLOD. Bacolod main thoroughfares that are deserted by people. (Photo by Carla Cañet)
BACOLOD. Bacolod main thoroughfares that are deserted by people. (Photo by Carla Cañet)

AS THE local government of Bacolod braces for the worst case scenario and as it takes stricter precautionary measures to flatten the curve of Covid-19 spread, Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Monday, April 13, issued Executive Order (EO) No. 30 Series of 2020, an order prescribing the limitations on the use of the home quarantine pass during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the city.

The number coding scheme aims to further limit the movement of the people who were earlier issued with home quarantine passes (HQPs) by their respective barangays.

Those whose HQP ending in odd numbers 1,3, 5, 7, 9, are allowed to go out and do their errands every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. While the HQP ending in even numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 0 can go out every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, all from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. only.

On Sunday, everybody is required to stay in their homes.

These limitations exempt those who are rendering essential services.

The said executive order also gained support among Bacolodnons in the city.

Betina Akino said she is affected by the new policy because she is undergoing physical therapy for her knee injury everyday, but she will adjust to the policy of the government as her own way of helping get rid of Covid-19 in our community.

Former Bacolod City councilor Sonya Verdeflor hopes that Bacolodnons will fully cooperate because we are fighting an unseen virus.

Lawyer Belinda Sison said she is actually not going out anymore and only a member of the family goes out to do the errands, as what the local policy allows.

Dwight Rosslyn Moraña, Jr. earlier noticed that people flocked in markets and other areas as if there is no ECQ. He already survived the 14-day first wave of home quarantine, as he seldom goes out, but he hopes that the extension of the ECQ will be quite enough to flatten the curve and manage the Covid-19 cases, “so that we can all go back even gradually to being normal again.”

Luna Escalona asked her fellow Bacolodnons to cooperate to put a stop the pandemic based on target date of until April 30.

“Let us stay at our homes, spend time with our family and pray that this Covid-19 will end,” she said.

May Castro, for her part, said she has an HQP but she never used it even ones. She just stays at home with her family.

Monica Estrella said, Bacolodnons should cooperate.

“Let us show compassion to the frontliners who are risking their lives for us. Even the policemen at the checkpoints, they too have their own family and they need to be safe also,” she added.


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