Duterte extends GCQ with some restrictions in NCR, Bulacan

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021   •   258

 MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) classification of the National Capital Region and Bulacan from June 16 to June 30, 2021.

The president made the announcement during his pre-recorded Talk to the Nation which was aired on Monday night (June 14).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a statement, said the extension of GCQ in Metro Manila and Bulacan comes with some restrictions.

Roque also said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) also placed the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal in Region 4-A under GCQ with heightened restrictions from June 16 to June 30.

Other areas under GCQ are Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, and Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Iligan City in Region 10; Davao del Norte in Region 11; General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato, and South Cotabato in Region 12; and Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City in BARMM, the statement said.

Meanwhile, areas that shall be placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from June 16 to June 30 are the City of Santiago and Cagayan in Region 2; Apayao and Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Bataan in Region 3; Lucena City in Region4-A; Puerto Princesa in Region 4-B; Naga City in Region 5; and Iloilo City and Iloilo in Region 6.

Other areas under MECQ are Negros Oriental in Region 7; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Cagayan de Oro City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11; and Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur in CARAGA.

According to the palace official, the rest of the country shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine on the aforementioned dates.

“On another matter, the President approved the extension of travel restrictions imposed upon India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Oman starting June 16 to June 30, 2021,” Roque said.


Misamis Oriental confirms detection of one Delta variant case; pushes for stricter measure

Maris Federez   •   July 21, 2021

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincent “Bambi” Emano on Tuesday confirmed the detection a Delta variant case in the province.

On Tuesday’s edition of the government’s Laging Handa program, Emano reported that the local government has conducted isolation on the family of the individual who was found positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Delta variant.

“Sa awa ng Dios ang mga kasamahan niya sa bahay ay na-isolate na natin. Started with one worker of the bank and ito pong katulong niya. Tapos randomly nakunan ng blood sample para dun sa UP Genome Center and found out to be positive dun sa Delta variant,” the governor said.

Emano said two of the four close contacts were found negative for COVID-19 and the other two were found positive for the virus. Their blood samples were sent to Manila for genome sequencing to find out if the Delta variant has also spread within the family.

The governor said that while the provincial government is prepared should the result of the two blood samples yield positive, they will still push for stricter measures in the province that, to date, has 340 active COVID-19 cases, one of which is the said Delta variant positive.

“Sa pangunguna po ni chief Gerry Calingatan, ang PHO (Provincial Health Office) po natin at Task Force chief ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ng Misamis Oriental […] nakahanda na po yung plano and stand by and awaiting si provincial director (Col. Raniel) Valones, and Lt.Col. (Ricky) Canatoy on how we will tighten the area pati yung Gingoog City,” Emano said.

“And within the province, sa awa ng Dios, ang ganda na po ng takbo ng mga local government units at MHOs (Municipal Health Office) […] Hopefully when we can get the nod of the IATF national that we will request for an ECQ (enhance community quarantine) for the province of Misamis Oriental so that we will be able to push stricter measures po,” he added.

The governor also admitted having difficulty implementing the different quarantine levels in the entire province. To address this, and upon the recommendation of the IATF Misamis Oriental, even those areas under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are implementing restrictions applied in ECQ areas.

“For dining areas, kahit pwede kami sa 50%, ginawa naming 30%. So we follow the guidelines para hindi na mahirapan that every time na tatawid sa boundary, mapapabago-bago pa yung quarantine level,” he said.

On the other hand, the flow of businesses and transportation sector in the province has remained normal following the guidelines of the IATF, the provincial chief executive said.

Meanwhile, the governor has admitted to experiencing a low supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

He, however, said that the Department of Health regional office has assured that they will increase the allocation of the supply of the vaccine in the province in the next delivery.

“Sa kakulangan, yes, medyo may kulang talaga yung vaccine po natin. Kasi aside sa from the health workers na nag 109% na tayo, sa senior citizens at sa comorbidities, nasa 25% pa lang po tayo sa Misamis Oriental. Dahil nga […] yung allocation sa Misamis Oriental sobrang kokonti,” he said.

“Pero kung tingnan mo naman yung inoculation rate, sa rollout, pinakamataas nga sa buong Pilipinas ang Region 10 and isa yung Misamis Oriental na medyo mabilis mag-inoculate. Kaya nakiusap kami, sumulat ako kay Regional Director Lacuna na kahit magdadagan muna nang kahit 20,000 doses ang Misamis Oriental, hopefully, will help us contain and inoculate muna yung mga bayan malapit sa City of Cagayan de Oro and yung Gingoog City po,” he further stated.

He also assured high public acceptance of the vaccine rollout in the province. Local government units in the province, regardless of any political affiliation, are implementing strategies to encourage the citizens to undergo vaccination, such as discounts on utility bills and grocery purchases.

Emano urges the public to take heed of the guidelines of the local government units on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. —/mbmf

Metro Manila, other areas under GCQ until July 31 – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila and other areas in the country will ease to a regular general community quarantine (GCQ) classification from July 16 to 31, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Thursday.

In a statement, Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the imposition of GCQ on the following areas:


  • Metro Manila
  • Baguio City
  • Apayao
  • City of Santiago
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Quezon
  • Batangas
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Davao Oriental
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Cotabato City


The following areas are under GCQ with heightened restrictions until July 31:


  • Cagayan
  • Laguna
  • Lucena City
  • Naga City in Region 5
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Davao City


The following areas will be under GCQ with heightened restrictions until July 22:


  • Aklan
  • Bacolod City
  • Antique
  • Capiz


Meanwhile, the following areas will be under modified enhanced community quarantine from July 16 to July 31:


  • Bataan
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao del Norte
  • Butuan City


Iloilo City and Iloilo Province shall also be placed under MECQ but only until July 22.

“Kung hindi po mag-improve ang ating mga numero ay possible po na mabago muli ang classification ng Iloilo City at Iloilo,” Roque said in a message.

All other areas in the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine from July 16, 2021 until July 31, 2021, he added.

OCTA Research says NCR should remain under GCQ until end of July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The OCTA Research Group on Tuesday (July 13) recommended that the National Capital Region (NCR) should remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of July.

In a virtual public briefing, OCTA Research Team fellow, Dr. Ranjit Rye said that NCR is not yet ready for modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) due to the threat of the Delta variant in the country.

“We are not ready for MGCQ. We do not qualify based on the government’s criteria for MGCQ,” he said.

Rye advised the strict implementation of minimum health protocols as well as the monitoring of COVID-19 cases. He reported that the situation in the NCR is good and there is a need to sustain it along with the boost of vaccination rollout.

Rye also lamented the lax attitude of most people towards minimum public health standards.

“Marami na ang nagkukumpiyansa, at nagpapabaya lalo na sa minimum public health standards. Nandito pa ang COVID-19, buhay na buhay pa siya, at mahahawa kayo pag hindi kayo mag-iingat,” he said.

(Many are getting lax especially in following minimum public health standards. COVID-19 is still here and you might get infected if you are not careful.)

The NCR is under GCQ with some restrictions until July 15. The national government is set to announced the new quarantine classifications in the coming days. AAC


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