By Lilibeth French
ILOILO CITY – – The quarantine classification in the city of Iloilo remains under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), while Iloilo province was downgraded to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting Friday, August 6, 2021.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution (IATF) No. 131 which placed Iloilo City under ECQ and Iloilo province under MECQ from August 6 to 15, 2021.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a Facebook post, said the ECQ status in the metro under “hard lockdown” will be only up to Sunday, August 8.
He said that after Sunday, “we will go back to the usual ECQ.”
On August 2, Treñas issued Executive Order 070 for an implementation of heightened restrictions within Iloilo City effective August 3 until August 8 unless otherwise lifted or extended and for other purposes.
According to him, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) cases in the metro are going down but the hospitals are full ,mostly patients from the province, and the intensive care units are 70% full of patients from the province.
“I pity the city residents since they are the ones affected by the patients from the province who overwhelm our health care facilities, and increase the health care facility rates. But we shall overcome this. Hopefully the rate of infection in the province also goes down,” he said.
He urged residents to continue to be safe so that the rate of transmission in the city will be flattened.
On the other hand, pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 131, Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. on August 5 issued Executive Order No. 305 that placed the entire province of Iloilo under ECQ until August 15.
The EO limited the movement of persons in the province to accessing essential goods and services, or work/conduct of business in allowed offices, establishments industries and livelihood sectors.
Entry into the province shall be also limited to Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs), returning residents of the province, non-residents, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Philippine Information Agency