Chan eyes use of GPS tracker to monitor local residents who visited China

Lapu-Lapu city mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is eyeing an effective way of checking conditions of returning local residents from China, to be quarantined in their respective homes, by using GPS House Arrest Ankle Bracelet tracker.

“This coming Thursday, February 6, during their regular session, the council will declare a state of preparedness,” said Mayor Ahong. This will enable the city to utilize their disaster funds, from the P30 million of unused disaster preparedness fund last year.

With this available fund the Mayor Ahong explained that they will purchase this gadget, attached on PUMs and connected to the City Nerve Center. The gadget will sound an alarm at the nerve center once detached from the body or once the person goes out of his home.

“The police will go there once the alarm is set,” said Chan.

He said this bracelet is intended for PUMs who might have contracted the virus but without infection signs yet.

For persons under investigation (PUI) or those who already have symptoms Ahong said they already have a 100-bed capacity private hospital, which he did not identify, as isolation area.

“Kadtong mga taga Lapu-Lapu nga mangabot gikan sa China, Macao and Hongkong duna na tay kaugalingong isolation room. Ang uban nga naa ra sa ilang mga balay, kani ang pinaka epektibo sa tanan ang house arrest ankle bracelet,” said Chan.

The mayor already tasked his officers to look for suppliers of this as he also sought the help of the public to identify possible supplier.

He said Bureau of Quarantine will determine who will be PUI and who will be classified as PUM. From there the city will be responsible with the latter.

As of yesterday there has been no reported PUI and PUM cases held in Lapu-Lapu. PIO

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