The provinces of Bulacan, Apayao, and Capiz will be moving to less strict quarantine classifications starting Monday, October 18, Malacañang announced.
In a statement on early Saturday, October 17, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced that the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the recommendation to move the said provinces to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from October 18, 2021.
They will stay under their new classification until October 31, 2021.
Bulacan and Apayao were initially placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
Capiz, on the other hand, was initially placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions.
The IATF has placed many areas in less strict quarantine classifications this month, including Metro Manila which was placed under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31 as the government continues to pilot the new Alert Level Systems in the region.
It has likewise allowed the reopening of cinemas and staycations in Alert Level 3 starting October 16.