TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The Leyte provincial government has extended the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status in the entire province for another month, reminding the public of the need to observe basic health protocols.
Under Executive Order No. 12-01-2020 signed by Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla on Tuesday, December 1, and posted on the provincial government’s social media page on Thursday, December 3, appropriate measures have to be observed, including but not limited to strict border control.
“The MGCQ period as provided for in this Executive Order shall begin on December 1, 2020 and to continue until December 31, 2020. It may be shortened or extended depending on the recommendation of the provincial inter-agency task force Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019),” the governor said in his directive.
Under the MGCQ, the movement and travel of all residents in the province are unrestricted, however, health and sanitary protocols must be observed especially in crowded and public places.
The entry of all persons either by land, air, or sea is prohibited except for returning overseas Filipino workers, locally stranded individuals (LSIs), and Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa (BP2) program beneficiaries, who must undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in their respective local government units upon arrival.
The local government is still waiting for approval from the national task force on the request to ban the entry of LSIs for a month.
Also exempted from travel ban are authorized persons outside the residence or those workers in essential business establishments and industries, health and emergency front-liners, uniformed personnel, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, skeleton workers, accredited construction workers, delivery personnel of cargo vehicles, among others.
Public utility vehicles should comply with the directive of the Department of Transportation disinfection and other safety measures.
Activities that will remain prohibited are mass gatherings such as in theaters, fiestas, concerts, face-to-face caroling, Christmas parties, trade fairs, carnivals, cultural shows, sports tournaments, among others. As of December 2, Leyte has already recorded 2,589 cases, including 2,427 recoveries and 20 deaths.