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Status quo for Cebu's tri-cities, Metro Manila

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, approved the recommendation to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City for two more weeks until July 15.

“ECQ - enhanced community quarantine. Ito ‘yung pinakamataas kasi marami na ang tao may infection. As a matter of fact, we know that the hospitals and everything.. are having a hard time coping up,” Duterte said.

The National Capital Region (Metro Manila) will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) for July 1 to 15.

Other areas that will remain under GCQ are Cavite and Rizal provinces, the highly-urbanized cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue in Cebu, and the towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu.

Talisay City in Cebu, which was under modified ECQ, will shift to GCQ as requested by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

Areas which were already under modified GCQ will revert to GCQ: the provinces of Benguet, Leyte and Southern Leyte; and Ormoc City in Leyte.

Cebu province - except Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion - and the cities of Davao and Zamboanga will shift to modified GCQ "with strict local action".

This means the implementation of localized community quarantine and zoning, strict enforcement of minimum health standards, measures to boost the health system capacity and designation of an isolation facility for returning overseas Filipinos, locally stranded individuals and their close contacts.

The areas that will be under modified GCQ with strict local action are:

  • Abra, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga;
  • Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan;
  • Cagayan, Isabela;
  • Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Angeles City;
  • Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Lucena City;
  • Palawan, Puerto Princesa City;
  • Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Naga City;
  • Capiz, Iloilo, Iloilo City, Negros Occidental, Bacolod City;
  • Cebu province, Bohol, Negros Oriental;
  • Tacloban City;
  • Zamboanga City;
  • Bukidnon;
  • Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao de Oro;
  • Cotabato, South Cotabato;
  • Agusan del Norte, Butuan City;
  • Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao.


The rest of the country is under low-risk modified GCQ.

Duterte admonished Cebuanos again for being stubborn, noting that a lot of of the residents do not comply with quarantine protocols.

“Kamong mga Cebuano, masuko mo’g moingon ko’g gahi mo’g ulo. Actually, ayaw mo’g kainsulto kay Cebuano ko. I am a Cebuano. I come from Danao, Cebu,” the President said.

“Ang mga Bisaya talaga, maski sa Davao, 'yung mga Bisaya doon ang titigas talaga ng ulo, hindi mo mapasunod,” he added.

He said he sent Secretary Roy Cimatu to Cebu City “not to take over, not to do anything but just to observe and do the critical thinking.”

Cimatu, as overseer of the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response, earlier Tuesday said he wanted an extension of ECQ in Cebu City. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)

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