Dagupan declares state of calamity amid Covid-19

The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has placed the city under state of calamity amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In an interview, Mayor Marc Brian Lim said the declaration is necessary for the calamity fund to be used by the city government and the barangay officials.

"So that we could use the funds to buy food or other commodities for our constituents if the need arises," he said.

The SP passed the resolution on a session held Tuesday.

"With the imposition of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, there will be some in other sectors who will lose their jobs temporarily, such as those in the transport sector, construction, among others," councilman lawyer Jose Netu Tamayo said in a separate radio interview.

Public transportation in the city is suspended but some tricycle drivers insisted to ply, prompting the authorities to warn them and issue citation tickets.

Malls and other establishments are closed except supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, and banks.

Checkpoints have been placed in the entry and exit points of the city.

Source: Philippines News Agency