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IATF reclassifies Cebu province to GCQ

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Malacañang has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to downgrade Cebu Province’s Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) classification to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

“The Province of Cebu shall be placed under GCQ until 15 August 2021, without prejudice to their reclassification as may be warranted and the declaration of localized Enhanced Community Quarantine in critical areas, and with the observance and implementation of the heightened restrictions,” read the IATF Resolution No. 130-D released on Sunday.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia welcomed the downgrade as she assured that there will be no border control.

“In observance of the ‘one-island-policy’, residents from the tri-cities can travel to and from Cebu Province,” she assured.

In separate interviews, acting Mayor Michael Rama of Cebu City and Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City are hopeful that both cities under MECQ will be downgraded.

“Maybe, they would reconsider our appeal for Cebu City, it may come later, they made Cebu province first,” Rama told DAILY TRIBUNE.

“The IATF classification serves as guidance to LGUs on the necessary actions to be made based from science and data. At the end of the day what matters is the how manage this pandemic. We have to live in the reality that COVID will stay and we must live in the new normal. It maybe delta variant now and new variant will surely emerge, but what is important is our concerted effort to act and recover as one,” Cortes stated.

As of presstime, Mayor Junard Chan of Lapu-Lapu has not replied on the matter.

The Province of Cebu and the Tri-Cities (Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu) separately appealed to IATF-MEID to reconsider its placing the areas under MECQ.

Only the province’s appeal was considered but none yet to the tri-cities.

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