IATF deliberating appeals of LGUs on quarantine status – Malacanang says


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press conference at the International Media Center (IMC) on the final day of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 11, 2017, reveals the reason why the President opted not to attend the APEC Gala Night. Roque said the President had to attend to a more important matter concerning four Vietnamese sailors who were rescued from the Abu Sayyaf Group captors. Roque, however, reported that one of the four rescued sailors was already found dead. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The government’s COVID-19 task force is deliberating on the appeals of local government units (LGUs) on their quarantine classifications, Malacañang said on Monday, as President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to announce whether to maintain, lift or modify the quarantine restrictions.

The provinces of Quezon, Abra, Apayao and Lanao del Sur as well as the Caraga region have asked to be classified under general community quarantine, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said during a televised briefing.

Cebu City wished to revert back to a modified enhanced community quarantine.

Dagupan City, Batanes, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur have asked for a “deescalation of quarantine status.”

Pangasinan, Angeles City, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Cavite and Cebu province have asked to be downgraded to a modified general community quarantine.

Roque said the IATF’s decision on the appeals will be announced during  Duterte’s address to the nation later Monday.

Duterte earlier placed the Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions I (except Pangasinan), IV-B, V, VI, VIII, IX (except Zamboanga City), X, XI (except Davao City) and XII, CARAGA, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under modified GCQ from June 1 to 15.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, is under GCQ./Stacy Ang

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