Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, on Thursday, urged his constituents to cooperate and not be afraid of the government’s Oplan Kalinga program, which conducts a house-to-house search for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
Sotto said in a Palace briefing that mild COVID-19 cases would not be locked up once they were escorted to quarantine facilities.
“Huwag po sila mag-alala. In close cooperation with our national government, ipapatupad po ito ng Pasig, gaya po ng nabanggit ko kanina, we try to make our centralized quarantine as lively, as comfortable for our patients,” Sotto said.
(They should not worry. We are in close cooperation with our national government. Pasig will implement it. As I mentioned earlier, we try to make our centralized quarantine as lively, as comfortable for our patients.)
“Hindi po ito parang ikukulong ‘yung mga pasyente natin. In fact, this is for their benefit kaya sana mag-cooperate po ang lahat at rest assured this is for the benefit, not only for the patients, but for the community in general,” he added.
(It’s not like we are going to imprison our patients. This is for their benefit, so I hope everyone cooperates and rest assured this is for the benefit, not only for the patients but for the community in general.)
Sotto cited the Pasig City local government is finding ways to provide leisure activities for those staying in quarantine facilities so they would feel it is better to remain in isolation centers.
“We try to make it ‘yung magaan para sa kanila. May mga entertainment din kami… may pa-zumba, may movie night kami para sa kanila para malaman din ng asymptomatic and positive na ‘Ay okay pala diyan, okay pala macentralized quarantine.’ Hindi man super saya dahil nalayo ka sa pamilya mo… pero naaalagaan ka,” Vico Sotto said.
(We try to make it easy for them. We also have entertainment. We have Zumba, we have a movie night for them even to know asymptomatic and positive ‘It’s okay there, it’s okay to be in centralized quarantine.’ It’s not super fun because you’re away from your family, but you are taken care of.)
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, the Oplan Kalinga, is under the Republic Act 11332 or “An Act Providing Policies and Prescribing Procedures on Surveillance and Response to Notifiable Diseases, Epidemics, and Health Events of Public Health Concern.”