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Pasay mayor thanks other cities for anti-COVID aid

PASAY Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano expressed her gratitude for all the assistance they received from the national government and other cities which greatly helped them in successfully bringing down the number of COVID-19 cases in their city to manageable level.

In an interview aired over the radio, Mayor Emi noted that the contract tracers sent by the other cities were one of the reasons they managed to efficiently implement their Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) system.

Kaya naman po talagang nagpapasalamat ako sa mga punong-lungsod ng Caloocan, Taguig at Paranaque sa pagpapadala nila ng karagdagang contact tracers na malaking tulong po sa ating isinagawang paglaban sa virus,” Mayor Emi said.

Mayor Emi noted that from having the highest number of cases last March that reached as much as 30,000, they succeeded in bringing down the number to a more manageable two digits this month.

Noong Pebrero po ay nasa 7,000 lamang ang kaso namin pero noong Marso ay umabot na ito ng 30,000 kaya mahihirapan na po talaga ang ating 300 contact tracers. Kaya importante po at malaking tulong ang 100 contract tracers na ipinadala ng ating mga kalapit-lungsod,” Mayor Emi pointed out.

Aside from the additional contract tracers, Mayor Emi also intensified their swab testing from 7,000 in February to 17,000 in March, after which she immediately placed affected barangays in strict granular lockdowns resulting in lower cases.

Currently, the city still has 134 barangays under granular lockdowns consisting of 431 houses with one barangay still in total lockdown, but it continues to post downtrend in the number of cases.

Naging epektibo po ang aming ipinatutupad na PIDTR, kaya naman po kung dati ay umaabot ng 190 plus ang average daily cases namin ngayon po ay double digit na lamang ang kaso namin kada araw,” Mayor Emi said, adding:

“Lahat po ng ginagawa naming at pinatutupad na mga patakaran kaugnay ng paglaban sa COVID-19 ay naaayon sa IATF guidelines.

Earlier, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos hailed Pasay City for its responses to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hoped other cities in the metropolis could replicate the measures.

In his report to President Duterte, Abalos said it took Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto Rubiano a month to bring down the number of infections in the city after the South African variant was detected and led to a spike in cases in early March.