By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
 
MARAWI CITY, Mar. 31 (PIA) — Mayor Majul Gandamra urged Marawi residents to refrain from loitering, asking them to stay at home to curb the transmission of the contagious coronavirus.
 
“We should stay at home. This is only temporary to stop the fast transmission of the virus,” Gandamra said as he emphasized the need for public cooperation and discipline to slow down the spread of the virus.
 
The mayor also appealed to residents to religiously observe the policies and measures of the government and not to abuse the use of the home quarantine pass.
 
“Do not make it (home quarantine pass) an opportunity to loiter around,” he added.
 
Meanwhile, the city government has suspended the scheduling of buying basic necessities every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday as well as the closure of stores every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
 
One representative per household with a pass is now allowed to purchase basic necessities from Monday to Sunday. However, standby in stores is strictly prohibited.
 
As such, the city government cautioned all store owners to report to the authorities the refusal of residents to comply with this directive.
 
It also designated three temporary public markets for easy monitoring. These are located in Sagonsongan, Luksadatu, and Patani.
 
Gandamra further disclosed that he had a meeting with city officials, barangay officials, and members of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines in the city and they decided to improve their measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
 
“Instead of limiting the (validity) days of the home quarantine pass, we expanded the curfew hours,” he added.
 
Under this new policy, no one is allowed to go out of their respective houses from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. except for emergency situations.
 
It also covers business establishments, but they will be given a grace period of one hour to allow owners and workers to clean the premises of the business establishment and return to their respective houses.
 
Gandamra reiterated that the purpose of all these measures is not to curtail the freedom of the residents but to limit the movement of the virus in the community. (APB/PIA ICIC)