Philippine local governments ask to adjust quarantine levels

IATF on Emerging Infectious Diseases is seeing good indicators that could merit the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in many parts of Metro Manila, according to DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya. Soldier on the quarantine chekpoint in the Manila, Philippines. Photo: Boy Santos. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MANILA, Jun 15, 2020, PhilStar. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said some local governments have appealed for their quarantine status to be lowered, The Philippine STar reported.

At Monday’s Palace briefing, Roque said the following areas under general community quarantine have asked to be put under modified general community quarantine:

  • Angeles City
  • Dagupan City
  • Cavite
  • Cebu
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Pangasinan
  • Zambales
  • and the Davao Region

The provinces of Quezon, Abra, Apayao and Lanao del Sur and the Caraga region have meanwhile asked for the “higher classification” of general community quarantine, Roque said.

On the other hand, Cebu City asked to revert to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) over the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) it is currently under.

Metro Manila is currently under GCQ, and it is unclear whether it will stay under this classification, revert to MECQ or graduate to MGCQ.

Under MGCQ, restrictions on public gatherings would be relaxed and more industries allowed to resume operations. However, venues of mass gatherings may only be filled to half of their capacities and business establishments are still required to observe physical distancing and health protocols.

Roque said that the IATF is currently discussing these appeals. He added that President Rodrigo Duterte would announce the IATF’s recommendations along with his final decision on Monday night.

There are currently 25,930 cases of COVID-19 and a death toll of 1088 in the Philippines.

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