Mayor Rivera Appeals Lifting Of Community Quarantine

Mayor Rivera Appeals Lifting Of Community Quarantine

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This came as Mayor Ronnel Rivera said Wednesday the local government has formally appealed to the national government to reconsider the removal of the community quarantine in the area on May 16 as recommended by the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19.

The national IATF issued the recommendation on Monday through Resolution No. 35 after declaring the entire Region 12 (Soccsksargen) as among the low-risk areas in the country for Covid-19.

Rivera said other local government leaders in the region pushed for the same appeal during the regional IATF meeting on Wednesday morning.

In particular, the mayor said local officials are seeking the declaration of a modified GCQ, a move reportedly supported initially by the national government.

“It was explained to us that we will be actually under modified GCQ. We’re already working on that while waiting for further announcements from the national (IATF),” Rivera told reporters.

Under a modified GCQ, he said the local government may ease up on some of the restrictions “a little bit more,” among them the opening of its borders with Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces as well as access to the city’s central business district.

But he said the border monitoring will still be tight to prevent the entry of people from areas that have recorded sustained local transmission of Covid-19, especially those in Davao Region.

Public transportation may be allowed to resume but only limited to routes within the region, he said.

The mayor said they will likely sustain the 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew, clustering of the barangays, the odd-even scheme for private motor vehicles, and the total lockdown every Sunday but on a “more relaxed mode.”

He said they will consider allowing religious activities, including church services and other related gatherings, but strict physical distancing and mandatory wearing of protective gear like face masks should be observed.

Rivera said other businesses that were previously barred under the enhanced community quarantine and the GCQ may also be allowed to reopen, subject to the assessment of the city’s IATF on Covid-19.

He said the new measures will be finalized through an executive order that will be issued before the end of the GCQ on May 15. (PNA)

Photo Credit: facebook.com/RonnelRiveraPage

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