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Veruela, Agusan Sur sets up checkpoints to enforce MECQ




Veruela, Agusan del Sur Mayor Myrna Mondejar

Veruela, Agusan del Sur Mayor Myrna Mondejar on Friday said the municipal government has installed quarantine checkpoints following the COVID-19 cases surge in the town, which is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

During an interview over Network Briefing News, Mondejar said three barangays in Veruela are severely affected by the COVID-19 infection surge in the municipality, which now has 25 active cases.

“From the very beginning of COVID-19 up to yesterday’s record, we have 121 cases. There are three barangays affected with COVID-19, [Barangays] Poblacion, Sampaguita, and La Fortuna. As of now we have active cases of 25 then we have one death and 98 recoveries,” Mondejar noted.

She added that the local government had to mobilize barangay watchmen and police officers to man quarantine checkpoints to prevent residents from leaving their barangays.

“Para mabawasan ang aming cases, nag-declare kami ng MECQ. We have checkpoints to check sa mga lumalabas na hindi naman essential, hindi namin pinapalabas. Ginamit namin ‘yung mga tanod sa barangay at ‘yung police visibility natin para matakot ‘yung mga tao, and of course, the strict implementation of our health protocols; wearing of face masks and social distancing,” Mondejar explained.

On the other hand, the local chief executive shared that more residents are now willing to have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.

“At first hesitant sila lumapit, kasi alam n’yo na may mga fake news, natatakot sila. But then after constant information drive, sa ngayon wala nang problema.

“They have this say na, ‘yung ugali nila na ‘wait and see.’ Nag-observe muna sila sa mga nabakunahan tapos ‘pag nakita nila na wala namang nangyari… so, ngayon wala nang problema. ‘Pag may schedule kami, talagang pumupunta na sila,” Mondejar added.

To date, a total of 965 residents of Veruela, who belong to A1, A2, and A3 priority groups, have been inoculated against the coronavirus, according to Mondejar.