DOH, DILG seek to escalate quarantine classification for NorMin

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, May 19 (PIA) – With the surge of COVID-19 cases in the region, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 seeks the approval of an escalated quarantine classification of Northern Mindanao (NorMin) from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

“We, together with DILG have made a resolution seeking escalation of the level [of the quarantine status] from MGCQ to GCQ,” DOH-10 Regional Director Jose Llacuna Jr. said.

Llacuna admitted that the region has experienced an increase in COVID cases recently especially with new variants of the virus. Also, DOH has observed that people do not follow the health protocols anymore.

On the other hand, Dr. David Mendoza, Local Health Support Division chief added that there are four factors or criteria that need to be considered in requesting for escalation of the quarantine classification of the region such as health, economy, social and security.

“The escalation does not mean lockdown. Its aim is to control the movement of the individuals. The virus cannot transmit itself without the help of roaming individual. This is the primary reason why we need to control the movement of individuals to lower our case in the region,” Mendoza said.

As of now the DOH-10 is still anticipating the response and decision of the National Inter-Agency Task Force to the resolution that they had submitted. Meanwhile, the public is still encouraged to religiously and strictly follow the health protocols to avoid further surge of COVID-19 cases in the region. (JAKA/PIA10)



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

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