PAMPANGA Governor Dennis Pineda issued Executive Order (EO) No. 17-C on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, extending the modified general community quarantine with heightened restrictions (MGCQ+HR) in the province starting September 16 until further notice.
The order extends the implementation of the earlier EO 17-2021, which aims to stem the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant in Pampanga. This means that all pertinent provisions of the EO are in force and still in effect until the said extension date.
Pineda also ordered all concerned public officials to ensure the strict implementation of the EO.
It could be remembered that the order also specifies that towns can implement granular lockdown in areas with a high number of cases of infection from the coronavirus. Necrological services for non-Covid cases are limited to a maximum of three days.
EO 17 imposed serious compliance with minimum public health standards like wearing face masks and shields, distancing of one to two meters, frequent handwashing, rubbing alcohol on hands and following the cough etiquette.
As per the order, non-Pampanga residents are prevented from entering the province unless they present negative results of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or antigen tests done 48 hours before they enter Pampanga.
EO 17 mandates the return of border and barangay checkpoints in Pampanga in a bid to manage the spread of the coronavirus in the province, particularly the Delta variant.
Pineda said the extension was due to an increase in the number of cases.