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PSSCC assures sufficient care for lockdown areas

The Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) has assured a well-managed lockdown of households, compounds, and streets to ensure the total well-being of the affected residents.

Angel Sumagaysay, the chief of PSSCC and the officer-in-charge for coordinating and deploying the security forces in lockdown areas, said the security personnel deployed to the affected areas have been constantly reminded to properly implement the process.

“That means that if the area is locked down, they cannot just go out anytime. We have to follow the protocol of implementing the lockdown,” he said.

In addition to providing security, Sumagaysay said the city government is also addressing the psychological and basic needs of the families in the areas. “We can’t just put them on lockdown and then leave them behind,” he stressed.

Sumagaysay said the City Health Office handles the mental health of the families while the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) carries out the delivery of basic needs such as the food.

Currently, there are a total of 37 areas on lockdown with 944 families affected. Out of the 37 lockdowns, 32 are house lockdowns, four are compounds, and one a street lockdown. Aside from households, streets, and compounds on lockdown, Sumagaysay confirmed that his office is concentrating on Barangay 23-C, Barangay 22, and Agdao.

A lockdown of an area requires residents to 14-day home quarantine. On the 14th day, they will be swabbed and sent to the isolation facility if they tested positive. When everybody is cleared, the lockdown is lifted.

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