WATCH: Barangay in Pampanga implements ‘curfew strategy’ to keep residents at home

March 26th, 2020

With the strict enforcement of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the whole Luzon, several local government units (LGUs) have implemented measures to ensure that the public will follow protocols. Under the ECQ memorandum of Malacañang, curfew hours should be imposed in order to keep people inside their homes and contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

A barangay in San Simon, Pampanga decided to execute a “curfew strategy” to call out those who are staying out late at night and to remind them why they should stay inside their homes.

Sa loob ng bahay o sa loob ng kabaong?-iba rin trip ng mga tanod dito HAHAHABarangay Sto. Niño, San Simon, Pampanga Philippines#kerpyusStrategy

Posted by Louella Castillo Gutierrez on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In a video posted by Louella Castillo Gutierrez on Facebook, a vehicle bearing a banner that reads “Stay at home or Stay inside” was seen roaming the streets followed by several barangay Santo Niño officials carrying a coffin.

According to Gutierrez, the video was taken last March 24 at around 7 p.m. She shared that she’s amazed at how their barangay has managed to come up with “unique” and effective ways to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Their barangay captain Perlito ‘Dong’ Dagdag Jr., along with other barangay officials, is doing this “in order to keep people at home for their own safety,” she added.

(Nakakabilib lang po kasing isipin na sa kabila po ng krisis na ating nararanasan ay nakakapag isip pa po ng kakaiba at epektibong pamamaraan ang aming kapitan, Kap. Perlito ‘dong’ Dagdag Jr., kasama ang mga iba pang barangay officials dito po sa aming lugar para maipabatid ng malinaw ang kanilang mensahe—ang mensaheng dapat ay sa bahay na lamang manatili ang bawat isa sa amin para sa ikabubuti ng lahat.)

In the comment section of the post, several people commended the barangay’s “hilarious” and “creative” strategy to prevent curfew violators and unnecessary social gathering of those who have no business being outside.

The video garnered 2.7 million views, more than 296 thousand shares and over 15 thousand comments on Facebook as of this writing.

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