Iloilo City placed under MECQ from May 23 to May 31

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2021   •   189

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has placed Iloilo City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from May 23 until May 31, 2021.

This, following a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city which prompted the city government to appeal for such to the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas through an executive order explained that the surge of infections overwhelmed city hospitals and the majority of them temporarily stopped admitting the patients because their bed capacity is becoming critical.

“Most private hospitals in Iloilo City, despite being overwhelmed, are discouraged from increasing their bed capacities for COVID-19 patients attributable to unsettled claims for the state health insurer,” he said.

As of Sunday (May 23), the partial count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iloilo City was 24.

Likewise, the city government imposed a moratorium on travel of persons from Negros Island to Iloilo City and vice versa starting May 25, 2021.

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
    Quirino
  • 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.

Apayao under GCQ, Ifugao shifts to MGCQ after IATF approves appeals

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has finalized the community quarantine classifications for the month of July after deciding on the appeals of some local government units.

In a statement on Wednesday, IATF and Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the task force has approved Apayao Province’s appeal to be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) from July 1 to 15 from the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) classification.

The IATF also granted the appeal of Ifugao to be de-escalated to modified GCQ from its initial GCQ classification.

The National Capital Region, Rizal and Bulacan will be under GCQ with some restrictions, from July 1 to 15.

Laguna and Cavite will be under GCQ with heightened restrictions in the same period.

The following areas will be under GCQ from July 1 to 31:

  • Baguio City
  • City of Santiago
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Guimaras
  • Aklan
  • Bacolod City
  • Negros Occidental
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Iligan City
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Cotabato City

 

The following areas will be under MECQ until July 15:

  • Cagayan
  • Bataan
  • Lucena City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Naga City
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao del Norte
  • Butuan City
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur

All other areas in the country will be placed under MGCQ for the month of July, the IATF said.

Duterte OKs IATF recommendations for July COVID-19 quarantine restrictions – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on the community quarantine restrictions for the month of July, Malacañang said Tuesday.

IATF and Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque answered in affirmative when asked by reporters for an update on the recommendations.

Based on the IATF suggestion presented to Duterte during his Monday’s public briefing with some Cabinet officials, the task force recommended to still place the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan under GCQ “with some restrictions until July 15.

Cavite and Laguna, meanwhile, will be under GCQ “with heightened restrictions” in the same period.

The IATF wants the following areas under a regular GCQ from July 1 to 31:

 

  • Baguio City
  • Ifugao
  • Santiago City
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcay
  • Quirino
  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Guimaras
  • Aklan
  • Bacolod City
  • Negros Occidental
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Iligan City
  • Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Surigao del Note
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Cotabato City

 

The IATF also recommended the following areas under modified enhanced community quarantine until July 15:

 

  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Bataan
  • Lucena City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Naga City
  • Iloilo City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao De Oro
  • Davao Del Sur
  • Davao Del Norte
  • Butuan City
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao Del Sur

 

The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ for the month of July.

Roque, however, noted that the community restriction classifications are still subject for appeal of local government units and may still be changed in a few days.

“Yan po ay subject to appeal pa ng mga local government units bagamat yan po ay inaprubahan ni presidente meron naman pong mga leeway pa ang mga LGU na umapela so maisa sapinal po yan in a few days, binigyan ata sila ng 2 days to appeal,” he said in a message to reporters.

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