Roxas City brace for MECQ

Published May 31, 2021, 1:32 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – For 15 days starting June 1, Roxas City in Capiz province will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“This is not only to stop the spread of COVID-19, but to help out our health workers and frontline workers,” said Mayor Ronnie Dadivas.

The Western Visayas Inter-Agency Task Force concurred with the executive order of Capiz Governor

Esteban Evan Contreras II placing the provincial capital of Roxas under MECQ after COVID-19 cases rose over the past week.

As of May 30, the Roxas City Health Office recorded 226 active cases of COVID-19 with 35 new cases.

BRACING FOR LOCKDOWN. Women carry rice sacks distributed by the local government of Roxas City to help those under community lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. (Roxas City PIO)

Over the weekend, Dadivas had a meeting with city government officials, barangay (village) officials, business leaders, transportation sector, the Roxas City Police Office, the Philippine Army, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and other sectors on the implementation of MECQ policies.

Under MECQ status, there will be strict border control as inbound travel to Roxas City of those coming from other towns in Capiz province will be restricted to those who are Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR).

In Roxas City, those below 18-years-old and above 65-years-old are barred from going out of their homes as well as those with comorbidities.

Meanwhile, the Roxas City government has distributed relief goods and rice sacks to communities under surgical lockdown.