Yari na ba si Mayor Joy? IATF wants to stop overcrowding in Balintawak, other markets

Yari na ba si Mayor Joy? IATF wants to stop overcrowding in Balintawak, other markets




Over the weekend reports reached the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) that a breach of quarantine protocols was done in Balintawak, Quezon city – it completely ignored the social distancing policy the government has been implementing during the enhanced community quarantine on the entire island of Luzon.

The government through the IATF-EID will be implementing additional measures to prevent the repeat of overcrowding in marketplaces while the country is in the thick of battle with the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.


“Para maiwasan natin ang the same thing from happening, is kailangan lagyan natin ng sistema ,” Cabinet Secretary and IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a virtual presser.

Balintawak City Market in Quezon city
(photo credit to owner)


Nograles said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be coordinating with local government units (LGUs) to ensure that these preventive measures against Covid-19 would be strictly followed.
Among the recommendations is a “one entry, one exit” scheme to control the number of persons allowed inside the marketplace.
“Tulad pag bumili ka sa supermarket or sa convenience store or sa drugstore, one entry, one exit lang ‘yan e so madali mong tantiyahin ilan ang puwede pumasok,” he said.

IATF is also thinking of implementing the deployment of joint social distancing teams to ensure that this preventive measure is observed during the enhanced community quarantine placed over Luzon.
“So, it will be a joint team made up of AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP (Philippine National Police) with the assistance ng ating mga (of our) LGUs,” he said.
Mayor Joy Belmonte’s Quezon City, there are at least 12 barangays under “extreme enhanced community quarantine” with at least three confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Quezon City, which so far has the largest number of Covid-19 cases among local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR).








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