SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on local government units and their respective communities to take on the challenge of curbing the rise of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in their localities since their success rate of containing the spread of the virus will mostly be the basis for the lifting or relaxation of the enhanced community quarantine measure in their respective areas.
“Sa mga probinsya at rehiyon na matataas pa ang numero, sana po this will serve as a challenge sa inyong lugar. Kapag bumaba ang numero ng may sakit, may basehan na i-modify from ‘enhanced’ to ‘general’ community quarantine ang inyong lugar,” Go said.
In a video message to fellow Filipinos, the Senator urged the public to continue observing strict social distancing and other enhanced community quarantine protocols to remain safe from the disease and help control its spread in their communities.
“Nakikiusap po ako sa mga kababayan natin. Stay at home and observe social distancing po. Kung hindi na kailangang lumabas, sana ay manatili na lamang tayo sa ating mga pamamahay,” Go said.
Go agreed that the primary consideration for possibly lifting, relaxing or modifying the enhanced community quarantine measures would be the ability and readiness of LGUs and their communities to stop the spread of the virus which can be measured by the number of people who are still infected or have recovered in their respective jurisdictions.
“May mga rehiyon ang patuloy o extended ang enhanced community quarantine at meron namang mga probinsya na modified into general community quarantine,” Go said.
He also appealed for the full cooperation of Filipinos in order for their communities to overcome this crisis the soonest.
“Alam ko inip na inip na kayo. Hindi po ito matatapos kung hindi natin ito masusugpo. Disiplina po ang ating kailangan. Sumunod po tayo sa quarantine protocols. Kapakanan ninyo ang lagi naming iniisip dito... Sana wala nang kaso sa inyong lugar at bumalik na unti-unti sa normal ang ating pamumuhay,” he appealed.
As for those who continue to violate quarantine and social distancing protocols set by the government, Go warned them that such violations will only lead to a prolonged implementation of community quarantine measures in their areas.
“Kung matigas ang ulo ninyo at tataas pa ang numero sa inyong lugar, nasa sa inyo na po ‘yun... Mas lalong magtatagal kayong hindi makakalabas, mas mahihirapan tayo. Konting tiis lang po para rin mas mapabilis ang pagbalik sa normal ng ating pamumuhay,” he explained.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) recommended that certain areas in the country remain under the enhanced community quarantine until May 15. Approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, the areas maintaining the ECQ are the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and other areas considered as high-risk areas.
Considered as high-risk areas are Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales and Pampanga (Central Luzon); Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON); Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro (MIMAROPA); Albay and Catanduanes (Bicol); Benguet (CAR); Pangasinan (Ilocos Region); Antique, Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz (Western Visayas); Cebu province and Cebu City (Central Visayas, subject to further evaluation); Davao del Norte and Davao City (Davao Region). Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) remains under ECQ and is subject to recheck.
Moderate-risk areas will be under general community quarantine beginning May 1 and will be subject to further evaluation too. GCQ in low-risk areas, starting May 1, may be relaxed leading to normalization by May 16 if there is no deterioration.