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SENATOR LACSON: Dealing with COVID-19 as a Nation


The Covid-19 ‘lockdown’


The Metro Manila “lockdown,” “community quarantine,” or whatever the authorities may call it, is one decisive action taken by the government that needs the support of our people, no matter the sacrifices or inconvenience it brings.

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But then again, government must lose no time in coming up with practical but effective ways of implementing it to serve its real purpose for our country to survive this unprecedented crisis that we are facing.

For its part, the Department of Health’s Inter-Agency Task Force (DOH-IATF) should issue clear, simple and concise guidelines on dealing with COVID-19 to prevent confusion among the public, as so many doctors and medical experts have been expressing different opinions on it, particularly on its transmission.

One example involves former DOH Sec. and now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin being quoted as saying COVID-19 is infectious only when the patient is symptomatic, and that quarantine should be mandatory only for those who had direct contact with positive patient, on the one hand; and on the other, Chinese researchers reportedly confirmed a case of asymptomatic transmission where a woman from Wuhan passed it to five kin but never got physically sick herself.

Meanwhile, self-quarantine is not for oneself but for the sake of other peopleInsisting to work or move around in spite of full knowledge of interaction with a possible COVID-19 carrier is not a laudable act. It is in fact damnable.

Citizens must also do their part by practicing self-discipline and self-control against thoughtless acts such as hoarding and profiteering at the expense of fellow Filipinos.

This is not the time to argue and fight. Instead, we should all unite to get over this plague. Sen. Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson



Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Thursday, March 12, that the city is not on lock down, even as she issued guidelines stipulating stringent measures as her city confronts the threats of the deadly virus COVID-19.

Duterte-Carpio asked  residents not to go out of the city while visitors are advised to leave the city immediately.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who went on air via phone patch over Davao City Disaster radio clarified “The city is not on lockdown”.
The city government issued Coronavirus guidelines No. 8 which states:
1. All Davao residents are prohibited from going out of Davao City.
2. All short term visitors are advised to leave Davao City immediately.
3. All travellers to Davao City are requested to postpone your visit until after the State of Public Health Emergency is lifted.
She also ordered the cancellation of all meetings, conferences until the COVID-19 alert is lifted.
The people are advised not to attend gatherings, masses and convergence of people.
The Mayor said t at the checkpoints, authorities might view every incoming visitor because “Authorities are looking for some people who are under investigation and it is being traced now, but the checkpoints will not stop anyone from coming in” she added.
“It is not prohibited to travel outside Davao” but she discouraged travel if it is unnecessary ” I remind everyone, ayaw na mo ug gawas sa Davao City,” the Mayor stressed.
“When they come home, and get sick, we have limitations to out health kits,” she added.
She said the city limits movement to avoid complication.
The city has also ordered the closure of Roxas night market and all public parks and playgrounds.
Duterte said classes from all levels has been ordered suspend but she encouraged an online class.
For city government offices, a skeletal force will be reporting to their respective offices as City government will adopt a work from home plan, Duterte stressed.
As of 9:00, March 12, Davao City, according to Duterte, “Has no positive case of COVID-19, but we should not wait, we must prevent,” she added.



1) Meetings, conventions, exhibits, conferences, parties, and all other similar social activities must be canceled until after the public health emergency has been lifted.
2) All schools from kindergarten to post-graduate studies must cancel classes and immediately shift to online sessions and take home assignments. All recognition and graduation ceremonies should be postponed until after the public health emergency is lifted.
3) All restaurants, hotels, and other event centers must postpone scheduled events until after the public health emergency has been lifted.
4) Everyone is advised not to attend masses, prayer meetings, and other faith-based and religious gatherings.
5) Everyone is advised to stay at home and refrain from going to public places.
6) All Department Heads are mandated to create a ‘work from home’ plan for most employees. Offices shall create minimum workforce to ensure that government work shall not be disrupted.
7) All City Government offices will not accept visitors. Everyone is advised to call trunkline (082) 241 1000 or email the office you need to contact.
8) All submissions to the City Government shall be received at the Almendras gym with the designated personnel to receive and record submissions.

DOH: 5 Covid-19 deaths


Three more Filipinos with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have died, bringing the death toll in the Philippines to five, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday night.

In an announcement, DOH identified the three as Patients No. 5, No. 6, and No. 37.

Patient No. 6, the wife of Patient No. 5, was initially admitted at Cardinal Santos Medical Center and transferred to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The DOH said she “suddenly experienced difficulty in breathing and was intubated late evening of March 11”.

On the same night, the patient died from acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia secondary to Covid-19.

DOH said a repeat chest x-ray showed progressive pneumonia. Patient No. 6 is a known diabetic.

Meanwhile, Patient No. 5, her husband, expired late evening of March 11 also from acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia secondary to the disease. He is a known diabetic and hypertensive who developed an acute kidney injury.

The third and latest death caused by the disease was Patient No. 37, an 88-year-old female and resident of Pasig City.

She was admitted on March 6 at the Philippine Heart Center after experiencing onset of symptoms on February 28.

“The patient expired this afternoon with Acute Respiratory Failure as the cause of death,” the DOH said. She was reported to have existing hypertension.

This developed following the death of Patient No. 35, the 67-year-old wife of Patient No. 34. The country’s first fatality was a Chinese national who was also the first recorded Covid-19 death outside China.

As of Thursday, the DOH reported a total of 52 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Philippines. (PNA)

DUTERTE orders ‘community quarantine’ in MetroManila


President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night raised the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) alert system to Code Red sublevel 2 as the number of infected persons in the Philippines climbed to 52.

“The Code Alert System for the Covid-19 public health event is hereby raised to Code Red sublevel-2,” Duterte said, reading from the resolution adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at Malacañang Palace.
He said he would convert the resolution into an executive order to ensure that it will be strictly followed.
Among the resolution’s recommendations is that “community quarantine” will be imposed in the entirety of Metro Manila, he said.
He admitted that the term community quarantine refers to a “lockdown” but clarified that it had nothing to do with military or police power.
“Ayaw lang nilang sabihin but it’s a lockdown. There is no struggle of power here. Walang away dito, walang giyera (There’s no conflict, there’s no war). It’s just a matter of protecting and defending you from Covid-19. That’s about it. It has nothing to do with the power of the military or the power of the police nor my power or these guys beside me. It’s just an issue of protecting public interest and public health,” he said.
Duterte also clarified that the community quarantine should not be compared to martial law.
“Hindi ito (It’s not) martial law. It’s not even extraordinary. What is sought to be solved here is again walang iba (nothing else) except to fight the virus,” he said.
He said local government units (LGUs) in other areas are advised to abide by these guidelines in imposing localized community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions:
* A barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive Covid-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay;
* A municipality/city-wide quarantine is advised when there are at least two positive Covid-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality/city; and
* A province-wide quarantine is advised when there are at least two positive Covid-19 cases belonging to different component cities or independent component cities in the same province.
Education and work
He said there will also be extension of the suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12, 2020 provided students continue to fulfil their education requirements.
Mass gatherings will be prohibited, he noted.
He said work in the Executive Branch will be suspended, however, it would continue working under a skeletal workforce in order to maintain the unimpeded delivery of services to the public.
Health and emergency frontline services will continue in full operation, he said.
The legislative branch and the judiciary will be encouraged to adopt the same policy, he added.
He also encouraged the private sector to offer “flexible work arrangements.”
The Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Trade and Investment (DTI) will issue guidelines to safeguard the welfare of workers, he said.
All manufacturing, retail, and service establishments are advised to remain in operation during said period provided they observe strict social distancing measures, he added.
Transport and travel
The Light Rail Transits, Metro Rail Transit, and Philippine National Railway will continue in operation as long as the Department of Transport (DOTr) issues guidelines to ensure social distancing, he said.
Duterte said land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended beginning March 15, 2020 and will end on April 14 2020 “subject to the daily review by the inter-agency task force.”
He added that the measures will be subject to close monitoring, and reassessment after the expiration of 7 days from the issuance of the resolution.
As for foreign travels, he said overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be allowed to travel to mainland China, except to Hubei Province, upon execution of a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved.
There will also be a health advisory pamphlet handed out to the OFWs upon departure, he said.
Duterte said entry travel restrictions will be imposed upon those traveling from countries with localized Covid-19 transmissions, except for Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the government.
After reading the contents of the resolution, he sought for patience from the public in following the resolution’s contents.
“Konting pasensiya lang (I’m seeking for a little patience). It’s for your own good. Let’s help each other at this time of our life because everything is placed in jeopardy,” he said.
He also asked the public to avoid panicking, stressing that daily activities could still be carried out but only with “restrictions.”
“Sa mga kababayan ko, kayo, ako (To my countrymen, you, me) do not panic. ‘Wag kayo masyado mai-stress na parang di mo na magawa ang gusto mong gawin. Puwede pa rin pero may restrictions tayo. May mga kundisyon dahil nga sa crisis (Do not be too stressed that it’s as if you’re not allowed to do what you want to do. You still can but there are restrictions. We have these conditions because there’s a crisis),” he said.
He advised them to stay healthy by eating the right food, taking vitamins, and observing protocols being suggested by government.
“Do not minimize it but do not kill yourself with worry because government is doing everything possible to make it controllable,” he said.
Help from China
Meanwhile, Duterte bared that Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed willingness to help the Philippines in containing the spread of the infectious disease.
“President Xi Jinping for all of his goodness to us wrote me a letter and said that he is willing to help, all we have to do is to ask. Ako ang tingin ko (What I think), maybe there will be a time, if things deteriorate, that I have to call on China to help. He said they have managed the crisis very well in his country and he is very much willing to help,” he said.
He thanked the Chinese government for their “consoling words.”
“I hope it would not reach that point, but maybe we would need your help,” he said.
The Philippines is now under a state of public health emergency after the health department reported the first known local transmission. With more than 100 countries affected by Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a “controllable” pandemic which means a worldwide spread of a new disease.
The Covid-19 outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed over 4,600 people and infected over 120,000 worldwide. (PNA)