BUKIDNON Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. has asked the national government Wednesday morning to retain the general community quarantine measures in the province.
Zubiri’s plea came after the national Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) classified the entire
Northern Mindanao as a "low-risk" area due to its low number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.
Under the low-risk status, local governments are ordered to adopt minimum health standards and to loosen their community quarantine protocols.
As Zubiri made the plea to the IATF-EID, Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año directed that local and provincial governments categorized under "low risk" areas may impose a "modified" GCQ.
According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, GCQ areas may loosen restrictions on the movement of people and work may resume under “new normal” practices such as the wearing of mask, social distancing, and other health protocols .
Prior to Año's announcement, the Bukidnon Provincial Board passed a resolution appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte and the IATF “to retain and extend under the [GCQ] status and be authorized to observe and maintain the GCQ protocols in its quarantine control points in the boundaries of the province of Bukidnon”.
Zuburi said lifting the GCQ would put the people of the province in danger of the coronavirus contagion since many of its municipalities shared a boundary with several provinces.
To date, Bukidnon has only one confirmed Covid-19 case -- a barangay official from Valencia City who attended a cockfighting derby in Davao City.
“We followed every order that you gave us, to the police, and we are proud to say that we are successful. Please listen to the people of Bukidnon,” Zubiri said in his letter of appeal. (PNA)
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