MANILA – The quarantine classifications in Apayao and Ifugao have been downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ (MGCQ), respectively, following the local government units’ (LGUs) appeal, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.
This, after Apayao was initially placed under the more restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from July 1 to 15, while Ifugao was supposed to be under GCQ for the whole month of July.
Members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in a meeting held Wednesday, agreed to approve the new and final quarantine status in Apayao and Ifugao, as well as in other parts of the country beginning July 1, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement.
“The province of Apayao in the Cordillera Administrative Region will be under GCQ from July 1 to 15, 2021, after the IATF approved its appeal to be de-escalated from the MECQ classification. Meanwhile, the province of Ifugao’s appeal to be de-escalated to MGCQ was also approved by the IATF,” Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said.
Roque said MECQ will be implemented in Cagayan, Bataan, Lucena City, Puerto Princesa, Naga City, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, the entire Davao region, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur until July 15.
Metro Manila, Rizal, and Bulacan will remain under GCQ “with some restrictions” from July 1 to 15, Roque said.
Roque said the GCQ “with heightened restrictions” will also be retained in Laguna and Cavite from July 1 to 15.
The GCQ status will also be imposed in Baguio City, City of Santiago, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Quezon, Guimaras, Aklan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Antique, Capiz, Zamboanga Sibugay, City of Zamboanga, Iligan City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Cotabato City for the entire July.
Roque said the rest of the country will remain under MGCQ for another month.
It was on Monday night when President Rodrigo Duterte announced the recommended quarantine classifications for the month of July.
On Tuesday, Roque said LGUs were given until Monday night to appeal the quarantine classifications that will be imposed within their jurisdictions beginning July. (PNA)