TAGUIG Mayor Lino Cayetano reported that the city attained the lowest number of active cases among the cities in Metro Manila, having only 19 active cases per 100,000 population.
The city chief executive said this shows that the city has managed to control the transmission of COVID-19 with less people contracting the virus adding that the city government’s focus is now on helping establishments open safely and responsibly.
“The city believes that the enforcement of health protocols in commercial areas and offices is now the key area we need to focus on,” Mayor Cayetano said.
Among the other cities with the lowest active cases per 100,000 population are Muntinlupa (33), Parañaque (33), Caloocan (36), and Las Piñas (37). On the other hand, the average active cases per 100,000 population in NCR is still at 68 based on official data released by each local government unit in Metro Manila.
The achievement, according to Mayor Cayetano, was done through the local government’s PDITR strategy—Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate which enabled the city to garner lower cases and increase in recoveries.
He reported that alongside this strategy is the creation of infrastructures such as the newly launched Lakeshore Mega Complex which houses the Taguig Molecular Laboratory, Taguig National Testing Facility, and Lakeshore Hotel Mega-Quarantine Facility that allows for a faster and easier processing of specimens, conducting accessible PCR tests, and assisting COVID-19 patients in their recovery.
Despite the progress on the COVID-19 battle, Mayor Cayetano urged its citizens and stakeholders to remain vigilant as the local government ensured to continue implementing interventions against COVID-19 and it’s transmission, as well as creating initiatives and other programs aimed to help Taguig and it’s citizens in the New Normal.