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Sarangani back to GCQ but still on stricter measures

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 30) – Sarangani’s status under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine will be lifted effective midnight of April 30 after Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon issued Executive Order (EO) No. 12 recategorizing the mode of quarantine in Sarangani to Modified General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The new EO sets measures that would facilitate the province’s transition to GCQ relative to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 after Solon declared the whole province under ECQ on March 28.

The transition came also after the National Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Resolution No. 28 series of 2020 which identified Sarangani Province as among the low-risk areas to implement General Community Quarantine beginning May 1, until May 15.

However, Governor Solon pointed out “ngayon na nasa GCQ na tayo, mas kinakailangang mag-observe tayo ng mas striktong measures kontra COVID. Kasi we still have cases na naitatala sa Pilipinas everyday.”

The EO emphasized that “only essential travels in the Province of Sarangani shall be allowed” like workers of sectors or industries providing essential services, workers for peace and order, disaster risk reduction response, other emergencies and procurement of essential goods and supplies, authorized government officials and government employees of the Local Government Unit (LGUs), National Government Agencies, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations including the judiciary, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), repatriates, and students from institutions outside the region who are residents of Sarangani Province and with National Government orders to return.”

It said, “the regional lockdown as agreed upon in the Regional Inter-agency Task Force on Infectious Emerging Diseases shall continue to be enforced. Only essential goods and supplies shall be allowed to be transported to and fro.”

In the guidelines, only individuals aged between 21 years old to 59 years old are allowed to go outside of their homes to access basic necessities but it was emphasized wearing of face masks is a “must.”

It also required to “frequently sanitize hands and observe social distancing” and to present ID as proof of employment.

Individuals with high health risks like infants, children, young adults, senior citizens, pregnant, and those who have co-morbidities and are immunocompromised due to hypertension, diabetes mellitus, renal disease, cancer and, respiratory ailments are “strongly advised to isolate themselves and shall continue to stay at home.”

Curfew hours shall still be imposed in all LGUs in Sarangani “no later than 9PM to no later than 5AM.”

Transportation shall continue to operate but “in a reduced capacity. Inter-municipality transit may be allowed depending on the restrictions or requirements of each municipality including that of Gen. Santos City,” the EO said.

The “No ID no Entry” policy will still be implemented. Locator slip or passenger tracking form will still be required at checkpoints.

The border lockdown as recommended by the Regional IATF shall include transportation traversing Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea where the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police Maritime Group and LGUs will conduct sea monitoring and implement related laws and policies.

Mass gatherings are still prohibited.

Classes in higher institutions will resume in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commission on Higher Education while “all other schools must remain closed until September 2020 except for online learning or until further advisory by the Department of Education.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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