Mayor calls for cooperation, understanding as city steps up efforts vs. COVID-19 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA) - - Passi City mayor Stephen Palmares called for public cooperation and understanding as the entire city was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting January 28 due to increasing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

"I am asking for everybody's cooperation and understanding. I know this decision of placing the entire city under ECQ is not favorable to some of you, however, this decision is the result of our meeting and we need to strictly implement guidelines in our city so that the cases of COVID-19 will not increase anymore,” said Palmares in a post on the official Facebook page of the local government unit.

He said the enhanced community quarantine started 6 a.m. of January 28 and will last until midnight of February 11, 2021.

As of 2:30 p.m. of January 27, the city logged 84 confirmed cases and later in the evening it reached more than 100 cases, the highest recorded COVID-19 cases in a single day in the city.   

The increase in COVID-19 cases in the city was due to the mass testing that the city government is conducting every day.

On January 26, more than 600 vendors from the city’s public market underwent RT-PCR test after seven of them tested positive for COVID-19.

With the implementation of ECQ, all establishments will be closed except those that are providing food, water, and other related necessities. All restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls will be closed.

However, all establishments providing health needs such as hospitals, medical clinics, medical facilities, diagnostic centers and laboratories, dental clinics, pharmacies and drug stores are allowed to open.

Also, markets are allowed to open every day but scheduled market day (Monday) is suspended.

Factories and plants engaged in the manufacturing, processing, and storage of basic food producers and health needs; banks, pawnshops, money transfer services and payment and remittance centers will be allowed to operate as well.

Palmares said all public utilities providing transportation, power, energy, water, telecommunications and cargo handlings, agricultural supply stores, gasoline stations, LPG stores, and all funeral businesses are also allowed to open under ECQ provided that public viewing and wakes are prohibited.

He added that selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, dispensing and transporting of alcoholic beverages are also prohibited in the city. Curfew hours will be implemented from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. of the following day.

People who come from Iloilo City and provinces of Guimaras, Antique, Aklan and Capiz who wish to pass through Passi City are allowed, however, entry of non-residents into Passi City will not be allowed by the local government unit (LGU).

Checkpoints at the exit and entrance of Passi City and of every barangay will also be placed and only residents of Passi City will be allowed by the policemen and barangay tanods to enter the city or barangay provided that they present their ID, said Palmares.

Public gatherings such as birthdays, religious gatherings, wedding and baptism receptions are also prohibited until February 11. (LGU Passi City/JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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