COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Government receives personal donation of one ambulance from DOTr Sec. Tugade to fight COVID-19

Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade turned over one unit of ambulance to the City Government of Muntinlupa, a personal donation to help the city’s fight against COVID-19. Recently, Tugade was assigned as an overseer in Muntinlupa by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi received the donated ambulance by Sec. Tugade in Muntinlupa City Hall yesterday via an online turn-over ceremony. Fresnedi expressed his thanks to Tugade for his support and assistance to the city. He said that the ambulance will be used for the transportation of COVID-19 patients and other emergency response activities.

The transportation secretary said an additional five ambulances will be turned over to Muntinlupa from the Department of Health in the coming months. Tugade vowed to assist Muntinlupa in its COVID-19 response efforts and in operationalizing national government services in the city.

Recently, cabinet members were assigned to Metro Manila cities and other provinces with high community transmission to strictly monitor health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation, and treatment protocols.

Also joining the ceremony were Foton Motors Inc. president Rommel Sytin, DOTr Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Atty. JayArt M. Tugade,  Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao, Ospital ng Muntinlupa director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac, Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Erwin Alfonso, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Gary Llamas, and Public Information Officer Tez Navarro.

Last August 18, Muntinlupa LGU officials reported local initiatives for testing, tracing, and treatment such as the construction of the city’s molecular laboratory, testing efforts, construction of additional isolation facilities, and contact tracing to Sec. Tugade via online meeting.

Meanwhile, the Muntinlupa City Council for the Protection of Children (MCCPC) called for an emergency meeting to discuss course of action on how to address the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases among the youth.

The City Health Office have recorded rising COVID-19 cases among the 0-19 age group and noted that possible transmission may have occurred from playing outside of their homes or visiting public parks and playgrounds. As of August 16, CHO recorded 62 confirmed cases on children from the city’s eight barangays.

MCCPC is set to submit a resolution recommending the review of existing ordinances on curfew hours and strict wearing of face masks, including “incentivizing” best practices of communities with regard to the fight against COVID-19.

Further, the local council also recommends for the mobilization of homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to augment monitoring in the communities and creation of series of social media content and other information campaigns to bolster information dissemination of city ordinances.

Muntinlupa PNP has augmented police visibility in public parks and hotspots of COVID-19 transmission as determined by the council. Additional roving and stationary officers were installed to ensure that no children will be roaming outside their homes and other public spaces.

Muntinlupa City has 2,731 confirmed cases with 1,739 recoveries, 891 active cases, 101 reported deaths, 1,047 suspect cases, and 706 probable cases as of August 19.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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