Isko: No lockdowns for now

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno tells Manilans not to believe rumors about lockdowns unless he announces them himself. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

THERE will be no hard lockdowns or plain lockdowns anywhere in the city for now, contrary to rumors.

This was clarified by Mayor Isko Moreno, as rumors swirled since the other day, regarding alleged planned lockdowns in certain areas in the city, apparently prompted by  the second wave of the distribution of the CACAF (city amelioration crisis assistance fund) amounting to P1,000, to each of the more than 680,000 families residing in Manila.

The figures, which are based on lists provided by heads of barangays themselves, had risen from less than 600,000 families at the start of the enhanced community quarantine, during the first CACAF distribution also in the amount of P1,000 per family.

Moreno allayed the confusion and fear surrounding the rumors, stressing that  it does not necessarily follow that if there is financial assistance, there will be a lockdown.

The mayor added that he constantly calls on the media to help him disseminate advanced information during planned lockdowns to keep the public well-informed and guided accordingly, apart from his regular live broadcasts

“Wag kayo nagpapaniwala sa sabi-sabi na lockdown dito, lockdown doon..

‘Yung mga nakabalitang lockdown ng ibang barangay, wala po.  Totoong tayo ay nagla-lockdown, pero masusi munang pinag-aaralan ng mga propesyonal, consultant, Manila Health Department at inyong lingkod before gawin ‘yan.  We see to it na bago gawin ay may mga paghahanda, lalo na,  probisyon sa pagkain,” Moreno assured the residents.

Meanwhile, Moreno said that 275,000 students from the city’s public primary and secondary schools will be getting hygiene kits by next week.

Moreno said he held a zoom meeting with more than 100 principals, so that the said kits may be delivered in the students’respective barangays through the help of the said principals.