President Rodrigo Duterte has asked people stranded due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to temporarily take shelter in military camps.
“‘Yung (Those) stranded, we will try to help you. The — your Air Force and your Army will help you wherever you are,” Duterte said in a taped speech released early Friday.
“Kung wala ka nang mauwian, kung wala na kayong matulugan (If you can’t go home, if you have no place to sleep), I am asking the military commanders of the different camps all over the country that you can go there and ask for accommodation at pagkain (and food),” Duterte added.
He said the police and military are willing to give food and shelter to those hit hard by the travel restrictions in Luzon to contain the spread of COVID-19. Duterte placed the northern third of the country under enhanced community quarantine as local cases of the viral disease continued to spike.
People are ordered to stay home, except those offering essential work – such as health workers and those providing basic services. Mass transportation is suspended.
Several areas outside Luzon have also shut their borders amid the threat of COVID-19.
The Philippines now has 217 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 17 have died while eight have recovered. To prevent infection, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.