Lanao del Norte now under GCQ

ILIGAN CITY: The provincial government of Lanao del Norte has placed the province under general community quarantine (GCQ) from May 3 until lifted.

Listed as among the moderate risk areas in the country, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur were among the localities which sought permission to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) but were denied by the government’s coronavirus task force.

Thus the two Lanao provinces declared GCQ respectively on Sunday, two days behind schedule, after the ECQ period ended on April 30.

Bangsamoro Parliament Member Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesman of the Lanao del Sur Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, confirmed that the request of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City was rejected.

The two areas have since withdrawn an executive order that extended their ECQ until May 15. They began to impose a general community quarantine on Sunday.

In her Executive Order (EO) No. 8, series of 2020, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo laid out the guidelines to be observed while the province is under GCQ which include the regulated operation of business establishments and the resumption of operation of public transportation at reduced capacity provided a one (1) meter distance between passengers is observed.

Business establishments or sectors that would be allowed to operate fully (100%) include agriculture, fishery and forestry; food manufacturing and its entire supply chain; retail establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, pharmacies, and drugstores; food retailers such as restaurants, carenderias, and other food chains but limited only for take out and delivery; healthcare, logistics service provider, delivery services; water sector; energy sector; internet and telecommunications sector excluding cellphone retail and repair stores; funeral homes and services; auto repair shops and car wash; hardware; courier services; water refilling stations; and media establishments.

These establishments must strictly observe physical distancing, wearing face masks, workplace disinfection, and other protocols required by the Department of Health.

The governor also ordered the resumption of essential construction projects, both public and private, provided the minimum health standards are observed. She required employers/contractors with workers residing outside the province to establish a bunkhouse where the workers can temporarily live.

The EO also emphasized the mandatory quarantine and other guidelines to be followed for repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), returning residents, and returning students.

The imposition of curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., suspension of classes, liquor ban, prohibition on mass gatherings and events, strengthening of border quarantine checkpoints, continued observance of home quarantine in all households, and observation of the minimum health protocols such as social distancing and mandatory use of face masks, among others, are still implemented.

Masiding Noor Yahya/RSP

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