Bohol town imposes 14-day targeted MGCQ in brgy  

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 27 (PIA) -- In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the municipality of President Carlos P. Garcia, Mayor Fernando Estavilla has ordered for the immediate imposition of 14-day targeted localized Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) for Brgy. Aguining starting May 26 to June 8. 

Through Executive Order No 07, series of 2021, Estavilla cited the COVID-19 test results through Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) from the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) molecular laboratory which showed that of the 14 confirmed positive cases in town, 11 of those are from Brgy. Aguining.

The mayor said the 11 cases in Brgy. Aguining all showed no travel history and were generally in close contact with residents as reported by the surveillance and monitoring team and enforcement units of the town.

SECURING THEIR BOUNDARIES. Police personnel distributing anti-crime, anti-terror and anti-COVID flyers to island residents. Carlos P. Garcia, formerly known as Pitogo which is an island municipality northeast of Ubay town, is a transit island for Leyte and has 13 more island barangays. (PIA Bohol/CPG MPS)  

Acting on this and upon the recommendation of the Municipal Contact tracing Team and the Municipal Health Office, the mayor issued the order to impose a targeted and localized MGCQ over Brgy. Aguining, President Carlos P. Garcia.

With that, affected residents living within the critical zone identified by health and local authorities and contact tracing teams are strictly confined to their homes and banned from going out.

The only exemption to the stay-at-home ban are cases of medical emergencies and natural calamities which need immediate evacuation of residents, and in the case of island-based health care providers, security personnel and private and government workers in critical services.

The imposition also implements a general curfew from 8:00 p.m. for sari-sari stores and other business establishments and 9:00 p.m. for residents, until 5:00 a.m. for the duration of the MGCQ.  

The MGCQ also imposes a liquor sale ban, congregation of people, social gatherings, and other similar activities that have the potential to spread the disease.

As such, Assistant Police Chief Police Lt. Ernesto Sagarino met his men and coordinated with Aguining barangay officials for the security and law enforcement setup to be implemented in the island’s barangays.

The executive order has placed the Municipal Police Station and barangay officials responsible in ensuring effective enforcement of the guidelines and in the maintenance of peace and order.

On the other hand, with the supervision of personnel from the Municipal Health Office, the Barangay Health and Emergency Response Teams as well as health workers and officials are mandated to conduct regular monitoring of the general health conditions of the affected residents, immediately isolating those who exhibit symptoms for quick medical attention.

According to the E.O., violations to the provisions of the Executive Order can be penalized according to the provisions of Republic Act 11332, R.A. 9271 and relevant provision of the Revised Penal Code and the existing Provincial and Municipal Ordinances. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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