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Binay asks gov't to study granular lockdown nationwide

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Former Vice President Jejomar Binay asked the national government to thoroughly study its plan to implement granular lockdowns nationwide.

"Madali itong gawin sa Metro Manila, pero baka maging dagdag na problema pa ito sa mga local government na kapos sa resources," Binay said in a statement.

He said while Metro Manila LGUs have the resources to enforce granular lockdowns, not all LGUs in the country have the same capability.

"They can do contact tracing and testing of all residents in the affected areas. They have resources to provide food and other basic needs of affected residents," said Binay, referring to the cities and one town in the National Capital Region.

"But outside Metro Manila, and with few exceptions, local governments do not have enough resources to enforce granular lockdowns," said Binay.

"Whatever resources these local governments may have had prior to the pandemic, especially fourth and fifth class municipalities, have either been stretched thinly or depleted as a result of re-channeling funds to meet the medical needs of constituents and extending aid to the needy since last year. At wala naman silang nakukuhang tulong mula sa national government," said Binay.

"Sa granular lockdown, paghahatian ng local government at national government ang pagbibigay ng pagkain at iba pang pangangailangan ng mga residente. Ito rin ba ang sistema sa labas ng Metro Manila? Paano kung walang pondo and LGU para sa ayuda?" he said.

"No advance notice is given before a street, a compound, or a condominium is locked down. Is the national government ready to immediately provide food and other basic needs for the entire 14-day lockdown period? Baka naman tirik na ang mata ng mga residente sa gutom, wala pa rin ang ayuda mula sa national," Binay said.


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