March 28, 2023

Another Baguio barangay has been sealed off because of the residents’ non-compliance to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) rules. 

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered the Baguio City Police Office on April 16 to put Barangay Fairview on lockdown due to reported undisciplined residents who defy the ECQ rules.

May mga nagba-basketball, naglalakad na walang masks,” the Public Information Office of the City Mayor’s Office quoted Magalong as saying.

Fairview is the second barangay to Pinget that was ordered sealed off after the mayor observed that barangay officials had no control over undisciplined residents who do not comply with the ECQ. The lockdown order on Pinget has since been lifted.

With the lockdown, Fairview residents will not be allowed to go out of their homes, even for essential travels such as going to the public market for food supplies. Only authorized persons outside residence (APOR) are allowed to go out of the barangay.

Earlier, Barangay Pinget was put on lockdown, also because of the residents’ defiance to the ECQ rules.

Magalong has also warned East Quirino Hill barangay officials and residents to comply with the ECQ protocols if they do not want their area to be locked out.

The mayor said some residents in the barangay were caught drinking liquor while others were loitering and not wearing masks.

“If residents will not change their ways and their officials will not do anything to make them abide by the ECQ rules then I will be forced to order extreme measures,” the city’s PIO quoted the mayor as saying.

Seven barangays were earlier put on lockdown due to the positive cases of the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19), but the same were lifted for three barangays.

For Pacdal, only Maria Basa St. is sealed off while in Camp 7, only Woodsgate Subdivision is on lockdown.

As of April 17, Barangays Upper Dagsian and Scout Barrio remain on total lockdown. – Jane B. Cadalig