WV JTF COVID nods to NegOcc request for GCQ status

ILOILO CITY, April 10 (PIA) – The Western Visayas Joint Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) - Regional Task Force (RTF) COVID-19  has unanimously endorsed to the National IATF the request to put Negros Occidental under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status.

During the meeting today, April 10, the Joint Task Force made no opposition to the request of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to reclassify the province from Modified GCQ (MGCQ) to GCQ status from April 15 to 30, 2021.

Lacson said that for the past three days, they have recorded a triple digit of confirmed COVID cases.

“With the GCQ classification, we can minimize the movement of people. We were told from the very start that when there are less people who are roaming around, then there is less possibility of the spread of virus,” he explained.

In his letter request, Lacson said that the implementation of a relaxed protocol has caused an alarming surge in COVID confirmed cases, which prompted the Local Chief Executives of the component cities and municipalities including the Provincial Government and Provincial Incident Management Team of Negros Occidental to meet and critically examine the best course action to respond to the problem.

The Governor also assured the Joint Task Force that ‘though the tourism will be affected by the reclassification, the sugar industry and agricultural industry will continue, citing their past experience when the province was also classified in the higher community quarantine status.

Likewise, Lacson said that movement and delivery of essential goods will be unhampered, and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) will be respected, noting that they are aware of the guidelines spelled out in areas under GCQ classification.

During the meeting, Infectious Disease Cluster Head Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico of Department of Health 6 said that as of April 10, 2021, Negros Occidental has 7,925 total COVID-19 confirmed cases.

Juanico said that from February 28 to March 13, there were 170 recorded cases; 322 cases from March 13 to March 27; and 619 cases from March 28 to April 10.

On the other hand, Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero, who chairs the RIATF-6, has asked Lacson to submit the province’s plan in view of their request for reclassification of community quarantine status.

He also advised the governor to harmonize with Bacolod City LGU on the guidelines on interzonal and intrazonal movement.

Ingeniero said the signed Joint Task Force Resolution endorsement will be submitted today to the National IATF for appropriate action.

The RTF 6 is chaired by Office of the Civil Defense Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez. (JBG/PIA6)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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