GCQ color-coding scheme in effect in Butuan City

Published July 17, 2020, 10:02 AM

by Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – The city government of Butuan has issued a new color-coding scheme under the extended General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in an effort to control the movement of people and stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the new color coding scheme, residents carrying black colored quarantine passes can go out only on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

Residents with Blue quarantine passes can only go out on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday while those with Red quarantine passes can go out only on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to buy basic needs and medicines.

Senior citizens, along with a member of their family, can only go out on Wednesday and Sunday.

Frontliners with their quarantine passes are exempted in the color-coding scheme. 

President Duterte on Wednesday officially extended the GCQ in Agusan del Norte and the region’s premier and capital city of Butuan effective July 16 until the end of July.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said local governments can still implement stricter measures to keep the contagion in check, while at the same time, striking a balance between keeping the economy going and maintaining public health safety.

He also advised the people not to stay long inside shopping malls to avoid prolonged exposure to the coronavirus.

The provinces of Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur are under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

In another development, a total of 817 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Caraga Region arrived on Sunday afternoon at the Nasipit International Sea Port in Nasipit town, Agusan del Norte province.

Among those who arrived were 21 construction workers from Bayugan City who were stranded during the lockdowns in Molino, Cavite, while the other LSIs were stranded following the imposition of lockdowns in different parts of Metro Manila and Luzon to contain the COVID-19 disease. 

It was also gathered that at least 1,500 more stranded residents of Caraga are waiting for their turn to go home.