Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has issued an executive order imposing strict contact tracing and control measures to track down and prevent the spread of coronavirus disease cases.
EO No. 374, which Sayadi signed Monday, September 7, noted that in a span of 14 days, the Cotabato City Inter-Agency Task Force has recorded more than 23 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
“The number of confirmed cases (is) expected to rapidly rise in the following days…immediate containment procedures are necessary in order to control the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases,” the mayor said.
Part of the contingency measures is the designation as suspected “critical zones” those areas with cases of coronavirus and may be subject to quarantine upon approval by the local IATF.
The EO specified 18 “puroks” and two barangays with confirmed Covid-19 cases.
It also cited the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Government Office Compound in Cotabato City where nine of its employees are also infected with the virus.
The Office of the Chief Minister has been temporarily closed.
“All persons are advised to avoid entering or passing through those areas,” Sayadi said.
“In the event of the sudden resurgence of cases of Covid-19, calibrated lockdown shall be imposed upon the affected barangay, portions of such barangay, purok and such places as may be deemed proper by the Cotabato City Government and/or Regional Inter-Agency Task Force,” she added.
The EO takes effect on September 7 and shall remain effective unless sooner revoked, modified or repealed.