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In PH, no more granular lockdown has been reported: DILG

MANILA, Philippines β€” There are no more documented granular lockdown zones in the country, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Mr. President, there were no reported granular lockdowns in the entire Philippines from April 10 to 16, for the first time,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Ao remarked during the Cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo R. Duterte, which was carried on PTV-4 Monday night.

Last week, Ao announced that six areas were under granular lockdowns, with authorities intensifying minimum public health standards (MPHS) to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

During the same time period, he noticed a 15.69 percent decrease in the number of non-face mask violators. In the Alert Level 2 locations, there was also a modest rise in the number of mass gathering offenses.

Physical distancing infractions decreased by 47.12 percent, or 3,002 offences, according to Ao.

He said that the country’s local, municipal, and barangay leaders took swift action to put in place the house-to-house immunization program to deliver Covid-19 doses to the unvaccinated, particularly the elderly.

To date, 750 of the 1,634 local government units (LGUs) have carried out the President’s April 5 order to conduct a house-to-house immunization program.

The DILG, according to Ao, is now confirming information on the number of people immunized in these high-risk locations.

He also urged other LGUs to join the country’s immunization campaign to ensure that those who have not been vaccinated receive the vaccine.

In terms of the country’s campaign against illegal drugs, Ao claimed that anti-narcotics authorities carried out 867 operations from April 10 to 16, seizing more than PHP150 million in shabu and marijuana.

During the week-long operation, anti-narcotics agents apprehended 1,227 people, three of whom were killed, while 108 others surrendered to authorities.

Concerning election-related worries, Ao noted that there are 5,187 Commission on Election (Comelec) checkpoints across the country, manned by 39,887 police personnel.

Ao claimed that as of April 18, 5,809 firearms had been surrendered and 2,536 gun restriction infractions had been reported in relation to the election gun ban.

“We seized 2,013 firearms, 974 deadly weapons, and almost 10,000 rounds of ammunition,” he stated.

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