IATF includes Central Visayas, Zambo City in areas under GCQ come June 1
Maris Federez • May 30, 2020 • 262
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has added several provinces and cities to the list of areas that will be placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15.
This, after several local government executives made their appeal to the IATF-MEID to reclassify the community quarantine status of their respective areas.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that Region 7 or the Central Visayas, including Cebu City and Mandaue City, and the city of Zamboanga in Mindanao are now among the areas that will be under the GCQ come Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday initially announced that the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions II, III, and IV, the province of Pangasinan and the city of Davao are placed under GCQ.
The rest of the areas that the chief executive did not mention will be placed under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting next month.
Under the GCQ, more economic sectors will be able to resume operation, while those that will be under the MGCQ will transition to the “new normal” way of living.
Meanwhile, the Malacañang assured that the IATF is now finding ways on how the public utility jeepneys (PUJ) will be able to resume operation while maintaining social distancing and health protocols, as more industries will reopen by Monday.
Roque said that as reported by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the resumption of operations of mass transportation in the NCR will be done in phases.
“Pasensya na po sa ating mga kapatid na namamasada ng mga jeepney, pero pinag-aaralan pa po kung papaano magkakaroon ng social distancing sa ating mga jeepney. Bagaman mayroon na po tayong bahagyang pagbukas o pagpayag sa mga pampublikong transportasyon, ang pangunahing guidelines po diyan social distancing,” Roque said.
[I beg the indulgence of our jeepney drivers, but maintaining social distancing inside the jeepneys is still being determined. Although we have already started to open our public transportation, the primary guidelines to be considered in it is social distancing.] —(from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday announced that religious gatherings involving attendees of up to 10% of the venue capacity will soon be allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is based on the latest resolution approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases following calls for the partial reopening of places of worship.
Roque said the new policy will take effect next Friday, July 10.
“Magkakaroon muna po tayo ng dry run na 10% itong darating na linggo, pero yung 10% po na allowed na ang lahat ay magsisimula po ng July 10,” he said in a televised press briefing.
The Palace official stressed that public health standards such as physical distancing, wearing of face mask, disinfection and hand hygiene, should be strictly followed.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that the following areas will be under GCQ from July 1 to July 15:
National Capital Region
Towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu Province
Roque also announced that operation of travel agencies in GCQ areas will also be allowed but only limited to a skeleton workforce.
The Department of Trade and Industry will also release a set of guidelines on additional services that will be allowed in salons and barbershops.
The latest IATF resolution also states that practice and conditioning sessions for professional basketball and football teams will also be permitted.
Roque said the move comes after a joint administrative order was signed between the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, and the Department of Health to allow limited physical activities amid the community quarantine. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City until July 15, 2020.
The President noted the “stubbornness” of its residents despite strict government protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. He cited the situation in Talisay City where people tend to ignore social distancing protocols, with some even engaging in drinking sprees and gambling.
“Ayaw ninyo maniwala, bakit marami? One of the reasons — even without consulting the Body— because you did not follow rules,” President Duterte said.
“You have the highest. Cebu is now the new hotspot for COVID-19. Bakit? Marami sa inyo ay hindi sumusunod,” he added.
The President expressed concern over the situations in Cebu City which he hopes will improve through the supervision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the following areas will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15:
Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion Municipalities in Cebu Province
The President commended the response of residents in the said areas to the government-imposed protocols which helped slow down the rate of COVID-19 infection.
“You know Manila, maraming tao but because sumunod nila — with few violations thereabout— we here in Manila have a good chance of at least avoiding it,” he said.
To save the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguz recommended to the President the further relaxing of quarantine measures in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region.
The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) specifically those identified as moderate and low risk areas where localized community quarantine and minimum health standards may strictly be observed. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on motorcycle riders to wait for the official guidelines on motorcycle back-riding to be released by the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
In a statement, Duterte-Carpio stressed that back-riding on motorcycle remains prohibited under current IATF rules as this practice do not promote physical distancing against the spread of novel coronavirus disease.
Malacañang earlier said that the national task force will soon release a set of guidelines in response to growing calls for the return of motorcycle back-riding due to difficulty in securing public transportation amid community quarantine restrictions.
“Maghulat ta aning guidelines nga gina-ingon nila [National Task Force – NTF] sa back-riding. Dunay guidelines na mogawas, so kining guidelines atong hulaton because as I’ve said kaniadto pag sugod sa IATF, ang mga guidelines, mao na ang sundon sa tanang LGUs,” Duterte-Carpio said.
(Let us wait for the guidelines on back-riding. There will be guidelines that will come out. As I have said before when the IATF was established, the guidelines are to be followed by all LGUs.)
Meanwhile, the 18th City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting the national government in allowing back riding in motorcycle but such national policy should not only limit for family members as back riders but also for the public.
Second District Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, the proponent of the resolution, said that this is to address the difficulty of finding public transportation under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
“The return of motorcycle as one of the modalities of public transportation considered as sustainable and predictable in terms of route availability opens the general public a choice to avail of and at the same time, propel economic activity for these drivers who long to recover from this pandemic,” the resolution reads.
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