The Taguig City government will continue to be aggressive in its inspection of all condominium units to ensure the protection of residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Lino Cayetano issued the statement as he reiterated his order for the closure of all common spaces in condominium buildings and other structures, and reiterated the need for each resident to implement a strict home quarantine.
Mayor Lino’s reminder came after a video online showed several condominium residents gathering in a swimming pool, prompting a Taguig police officer to order them to go home instead for their own safety, and in compliance with the strict home quarantine guidelines being imposed by the national and local government.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año backed Taguig, noting that they have received numerous complaints about the same condo building. The DILG Secretary furthered that condominium buildings and gated communities cannot make their own rules during this enhanced community quarantine.
Joint Task Force COVID-19 Commander Police Lt. General Guillermo Eleazar and National Capital Region Police Office chief Debold Sinas also released statements regarding the incident highlighting the need for people to follow ECQ rules.
Eleazar explained that there must be no double standard in the implementation of the ECQ Guideline.
“Otherwise, we would be sending a wrong message to our kababayan na Kapag mahirap ka, aarestuhin at kakasuhan ka agad pero kapag mayaman, madami pang protocol na dapat susundin ang ating kapulisan,” the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Commander added.
Eleazar urged the administrators of condominiums and subdivisions to observe home quarantine and social distancing at all times. “Otherwise, we will not hesitate to implement the law in your areas.”
On the other hand, NCRPO Regional Director SINAS ordered all Police Districts “to ensure compliance of ECQ protocols especially inside exclusive communities in close coordination with their respective LGUs.”
Mayor Lino’s order for the closure of the common areas drew positive reactions from many condominium residents, who had been complaining about their continued operation despite an earlier order from city hall against this.
Many residents had expressed fear the gathering of some residents there would result in the continued spread of the virus.
He thanked Taguig residents, building managers, establishments and condominium and subdivision boards who continue to strictly follow ECQ guidelines, while warned those who continue to violate these that they would face the consequences of their actions.
“Follow the rules of the ECQ. Respect law enforcement and we are hand in hand with the (Philippine National Police) to ensure the safety of all our citizens,” Mayor Lino said.