Enhanced community quarantine extended in Iligan

Published April 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY – Mayor Celso G. Regencia has ordered the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being implemented in this city until April 30.

Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia (center) in a press conference announced that the city government has extended its implementation of the enhanced community quarantine until April 30, 2020. With him are Most Reverend Jose Rapada III (left) and Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz (right) (Bonita L. Ermac / MANILA BULLETIN)
Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia (center) in a press conference announced that the city government has extended its implementation of the enhanced community quarantine until April 30, 2020. With him are Most Reverend Jose Rapada III (left) and Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz (right) (Bonita L. Ermac / MANILA BULLETIN)

The ECQ that was earlier declared here in March to help contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus was to end on Friday, April 10.

Regencia announced the extension, based on the recommendations from the religious and health sectors, as well as the academe, in a press conference held Thursday afternoon at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall April 9.

The extension was highly recommended by the Iligan Medical Society, and the Emergency Operations Center/Inter-Agency Task Force of Iligan City.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Wolfgang Bock “Mocos case study for Iligan City”, it would be detrimental for the city not to extend ECQ.

Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol of Mindanao State University (MSU) is also one with the recommendation upon the advice of the institute’ s US-trained Biorisk Office, to protect the gains of overall response to the pandemic.

The mayor emphasized that provisions on precautionary measures, prohibitions, protocols and guidelines in previous executive orders, EO 32 and EO 33, remain in full force and effect.

Under Regencia’s Executive Order No. 37, additional guidelines were set, which would include the setting of a new curfew schedule for minors and adults from 6:00 pm-6:00 am to 7:00 pm-5:00 am.

Residents are still mandated to stay at home unless warranted by legitimate reasons or necessary purposes, while delivery trucks and any other means of transport carrying essential goods will still be allowed to enter the city.

Regencia warned owners of private vehicles not to put fraudulent signs on their vehicles to create the appearance that they are delivering essential commodities.

Accordingly, violations to the executive order shall be subjected to criminal, civil, and/or administrative sanctions.

In response to the new EO, the Incident Management Team (IMT) will come-up with a centralized template for home quarantine pass secured with control number per household.

City Fire Marshal Butch Baulete, IMT Incident Commander, said they were receiving reports that some households have secured more than one quarantine pass which defeats the purpose.

The city government only allows one quarantine pass per household to buy food, medicines and other necessities, a restriction aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

Baulete said the IMT will issue a unified template with control numbers based on a master list to be verified by the barangays.

He added that the IMT was also studying a marketing schedule per barangay to reduce the rush in the markets and help residents maintain the norm of social distancing.

 
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