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Makati City Mayor Abby Binay assured residents and the general public that coronavirus disease or COVID-19 protocols are already in place as part of proactive steps taken by the city government since the first week of February.

The mayor issued the statement following a report from the Department of Health (DOH) that the Taiwanese national earlier reported as positive for COVID-19 had visited Makati.

The mayor also asked all public and private buildings and facilities in Makati to disinfect their premises regularly as an added safeguard. She said the city government has been disinfecting schools and public areas since February.

“The city’s COVID-19 protocols are in place. Should the need arise, we have established an isolation area and placed on alert all response teams. All city agencies under the Task Force are currently promoting awareness on the virus, with emphasis on proper hygiene,” Mayor Abby said.

She added that meetings have been held with building administrators and the management of establishments on the implementation of preventive measures, while city health personnel have undergone training on how to handle COVID-19 cases.

“The city government decided to be proactive to protect our residents and visitors from the virus. I have instructed the city’s COVID-19 Task Force to make sure that all residents, visitors and establishments in the city follow the preventive measures enumerated by the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Mayor Abby said.

The mayor had earlier directed the Makati Health Department (MHD) to immediately trace the hotel staff, associates and all other persons whom the COVID-19-infected Taiwanese national may have come in contact with during his stay in the city. This was after the city was informed by the DOH that the said national visited Makati. 

“Except for another Taiwanese national who was confirmed positive with COVID-19, all the rest did not show symptoms. However, they have been instructed to undergo strict home quarantine. The MHD continues to monitor their conditions,” she stated.

According to the DOH, the Taiwanese national who tested positive was previously confined at a private facility. He has since been transferred to the RITM. The management of the private facility has already compiled a list of all personnel who attended to the patient and had already sent this list to the Epidemiological Bureau. 

The mayor also assured parents and students that since February, the city government has been disinfecting public schools and public areas in Makati. 

“Inuulit namin ang tagubilin ng DOH at WHO na ugaliing takpan ang bibig at ilong ng panyo o tisyu kapag uubo at babahin. Gumamit din ng face mask kung may ubo at sipon o kung may inaalagaang pasyente na may respiratory illness,” she said. (We reiterate the reminders of the DOH and WHO to practice cough etiquette by covering the mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue. Wear a face mask if you have cough or a cold or if taking care of a patient with respiratory illness.) 

“Iwasang hawakan ang mata, ilong, at bibig at lumayo sa mga taong may respiratory symptoms o ubo at sipon.  Higit sa lahat, palaging hugasan ang mga kamay gamit ang sabon at malinis na tubig,” she added. (Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and stay away from people with respiratory symptoms or cough and cold. Most importantly, practice frequent handwashing using soap and clean water.)

“Pinapaalalahanan ko rin po ang lahat na iwasan ang pagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon at manatili po tayong kalmado. Handa po ang ating lungsod na harapin ang COVID-19,” she emphasized. (Let me remind everyone to avoid spreading false information and remain calm. Our city is prepared to deal with COVID-19.)

“If you do not feel well, do not go to school or work. Chances are you will be refused entry. Do not expose others if you are ill,” Mayor Abby advised.

The mayor asked residents who experience fever, cough and cold after recently travelling to countries with reported cases of COVID-19 to immediately call the Makati Command Center hotline 168, or report through the Makatizen phone app. 

Makati’s COVID-19 Task Force was formed last February through an executive order signed by the mayor.

Acting on the orders of Mayor Abby, the City Administrator has directed all business and commercial establishments, including POGOs, to immediately submit to the city the list of all employees who have recently visited mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. He warned that the business permits of those who fail to comply will be revoked.

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