Mayor Joy Belmonte Announces State Of Calamity In Quezon City Over The Spread Of COVID-19

The mayor will also prohibit mass gatherings.
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On March 13, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has declared that Quezon City is now in a state of calamity over the spread of COVID-19.

The mayor’s announcement comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila under community quarantine on March 12.

Inquirer.net reported that Mayor Belmonte said, “The most important thing is this is the first time in many, many years for as long as I can remember that Quezon City actually declared a state of calamity but this was something we believe is important.”

She continued, “First and foremost because the President has himself has declared a state of public health emergency here in the Philippines so this gives us now a basis to declare a state of calamity here in our city,” she added.

Mayor Belmonte said that the declaration allows the city government and local barangays to take the appropriate measures in response to the disease. This includes the disinfection of barangays, observance of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs), and setting up of isolation rooms, the report added.

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The Quezon City mayor said, “[The declaration of a state of calamity] is not something I would like to do, but I think it is something that has to be done in order for us to adequately empower our barangays to address the issues in their respective jurisdictions.”

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Apart from placing Quezon City under a state of calamity, Mayor Belmonte also announced that mass gatherings of any kind will be prohibited in the city. According to a separate report from Iniquirer.net, this includes gatherings such as fiestas, medical missions, graduations, and the like.

The mayor added, “[The declaration of a state of calamity] is not something I would like to do, but I think it is something that has to be done in order for us to adequately empower our barangays to address the issues in their respective jurisdictions.”

As of March 13, Quezon City has seven confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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