Dizon to Labella: Suspend use of ECQ passes

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - Reporter/CDN Digital | April 04,2020 - 05:03 PM
Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon is calling on Mayor Edgardo Labella to suspend the use of quarantine passes. | CDN Digital file photo

Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon is calling on Mayor Edgardo Labella to suspend the use of quarantine passes in the city. | CDN Digital file photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon is asking Mayor Edgardo Labella to suspend the use of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) passes as this has caused more problem for the city’s constituents. 

In a text message to CDN Digital, Dizon said the ECQ passes had only created chaos and confusion instead of putting things in order.

“(It) Poses a danger threat because according to health agencies, the coronavirus can survive on cardboards for 24 hours, thus, creating another channel for COVID-19 transmission,” said Dizon. 

Read more: A Cebu City resident’s guide to getting a green quarantine pass

The councilor said that there had been local government units in Metro Manila and in Mindanao, who were no longer providing their residents with a quarantine pass. 

Even Mayor Sara Duterte suspended the issuance of quarantine passes in Davao City because it created “chaos and confusion.” 

Read more: Mayor Sara suspends quarantine passes in Davao City

He said a quarantine pass would only increase person-to-person contact and waiting times, which would defeat the purpose of the enhanced community quarantine.

“What’s the point of having quarantine passes when we are already under an Enhanced Community Quarantine. We will only allow our residents to leave their homes for work, medical purposes, or to purchase food and supplies,” said Dizon. 

The councilor also said that the police would also be put at risk especially since they would need to check on the quarantine passes and would have to touch and come in contact with them.

He said this was a serious loophole in the safety measures of the city because the city would be exposing the policeman and people to the deadly virus.

“What if a policeman touches the quarantine pass of a person infected by COVID-19, then, he would likely get infected and would also infect other persons whose quarantine pass he would check and touch,” said Dizon. 

Dizon already raised the concern to Labella and the mayor responded that he would carefully consider the suggestion. /dbs

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