KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato -- Due to the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the province will elevate its anti-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) measures to the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status starting May 30, Governor Nancy Catamco said Wednesday.
Catamco and the members of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) convened Tuesday afternoon to formulate steps to address the spike in Covid-19 incidence in the province, which currently has 384 active cases.
“The Municipal Health Officers, the provincial Liga ng mga Barangay, and local police recommended the stricter community quarantine to prevent the increase of Covid-19 cases,” Catamco, concurrent PIATF chairperson, said.
The province is presently under the modified general community quarantine status.
She said the upcoming GCQ implementation in the province will include the "no movement Sunday" policy and disinfection of government offices during weekends, and negative RT-PCR test result requirement for all non-essential travelers.
Likewise, the restriction mandates the 30 percent seating capacity for dine-in restaurants, fast-food chains, and food retail establishments, and the strict implementation of digital contact tracing identification cards or QR codes in passenger terminals as well as public and private establishments.
Catamco also reminded the public of the penalties for violators defying health protocol violations, liquor ban, the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew, and other types of public gatherings.
“The conduct of Covid-19 rapid testing to authorized persons outside residence (APOR) in every town; stricter border monitoring; and intensifying Covid-19 mechanisms in villages are also required,” she said. "We must unite to protect our family and the whole community."
Catamco said the PITAF is yet to decide as to when the GCQ implementation would be lifted, as it would depend on the decrease of Covid-19 cases in the province in the coming day.
Based on the latest Department of Health – Region 12 Covid-19 report, five of the province’s areas with the highest cases are this city with 115, followed by the towns of President Roxas with 48, Midsayap – 56, Carmen – 55, Antipas – 18, and M’lang – 14. (PNA)