Mayor Edgardo Labella has appealed for calm among residents here after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) imposed strict home quarantine measures to avert a further increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
A few hours after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the suspension of quarantine passes here, Labella, on Tuesday midnight canceled the validity of all enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) passes distributed to the city residents.
“This drastic measure was put in place after (the) IATF team went around the city area today (Tuesday) and still found many people out of their homes,” he said in a video message posted on his social media page.
The mayor appealed for understanding while answering questions on the meaning of his new order canceling all 250,000 quarantine passes he issued when the city was placed under ECQ last April.
He said new quarantine passes will soon be distributed to the residents to replace the old ones, and updates on how to receive the new permits to go out of their residences “will be given soon”.
Labella assured the residents that there will still be persons who will be allowed to go out of their homes for necessities.
“As we work out the details in coordination with the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and national agencies, we assure that authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and other essential and exempted individuals will still be allowed to got out,” he said.
The city government, he said, will continue to help the barangays.
He appealed for support to local officials and said the city government is continuously coordinating with village officials in enforcing quarantine protocols and attending to the needs of the residents.
“I know this is a difficult time for everyone. What we can do at this time, stay calm and informed. I urge everyone to work with us so that we can win this war against Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) immediately. Please share the guidelines that will be posted within your communities,” he said, as he urged residents to “be responsible in your information you share and double-check your sources”.
On Tuesday, IATF-EID chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Año accompanied Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu in coming to Cebu to oversee the national government’s intensified interventions to arrest the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city.
Cimatu, in a virtual presser, said the IATF will go down to the barangays to know the real problem in the implementation of quarantine protocols.
Source: Philippines News Agency