Pateros LGU: 'Yellow ribbon' system effective in containing COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – The Pateros municipal government said its new system of tying yellow ribbons on houses with confirmed COVID-19 cases will effectively contain the virus in their area.

Pateros Mayor Ike Ponce pointed out that it will be easier for their local health officers and neighboring houses to monitor whether the household with a close contact or COVID-19 patient is strictly following health and safety protocols.

"Hindi halos nababantayan lahat at any given time, kaya kailangan na ring tumulong ang ating mga kababayan (We cannot monitor all of them at any given time, that's why we need the help of our citizens)," Ponce told CNN Philippines' News.PH on Friday.

The "yellow ribbon system" will also alert people to stay away from places with confirmed infections, the mayor added.

Neighbors can also complain to local officials if members of the household - where a positive COVID-19 case stays - are not complying with health protocols.

Ponce assured the public the system is not discriminatory, adding he hopes it will break the stigma of people contracting the disease.

"Wala naman nagrereklamo sa ating mga kababayan kasi tanggap naman natin at hindi na tayo nahihiya na may positive sa bahay at may close contact (No one is complaining on this rule because it is now accepted and we're no longer shy if someone in our house tested positive or is a close contact)," Ponce said.