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BY MON­DAY, March 30, 2020, the whole of Cebu will be un­der a state of en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (ECQ).

For res­i­dents of Cebu City, the ECQ will start at noon Satur­day, March 28. At 12:01 a.m. Sun­day, it will be Lapu-Lapu City’s turn.

The cities of Man­daue, Tal­isay and the rest of the prov­ince will fol­low suit af­ter the stroke of mid­night Mon­day.

The pur­pose of the ECQ is to limit the num­ber of peo­ple out on the streets.

Af­ter noon Satur­day, all Cebu City res­i­dents won’t be able to leave their homes ex­cept:

■ One mem­ber of the house­hold who will pur­chase ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties;

■ Med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers, of­fi­cers, hospi­tal staff, nurses and health vol­un­teers who will ren­der med­i­cal as­sis­tance and/or service;

■ Emer­gency per­son­nel;

■ Au­tho­rized na­tional and lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees;

■ Driv­ers and per­son­nel of de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles of all types of car­goes;

■ Con­struc­tion work­ers duly au­tho­rized by the City Govern­ment;

■ Ac­cred­ited me­dia per­son­nel;

■ Farm­ers, fish­er­men and agri-busi­ness per­son­nel;

■ Per­sons who seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion or who are al­ready ad­mit­ted on any med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, provided that only one com­pan­ion shall be al­lowed;

■ Em­ploy­ees of ex­empted es­tab­lish­ments;

■ And such other per­sons as may be au­tho­rized by the mayor.

The Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP), the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and other law en­force­ment agen­cies are di­rected to en­sure com­pli­ance.

City Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak, who heads the bor­der line con­trol task force, urged the pub­lic who live out­side the city, to leave for their home­towns be­fore the Satur­day dead­line.

Tu­mu­lak said the city’s 14 bor­ders will be strictly mon­i­tored to reg­u­late en­try of peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to the city of­fi­cial, the peo­ple al­lowed in are:

■ Those who pro­vide med­i­cal ser­vices;

■ Emer­gency re­spon­ders; Se­cu­rity service per­son­nel; Em­ploy­ees of banks and money trans­fer ser­vices;

■ Em­ploy­ees of su­per­mar­kets, gro­ceries, con­ve­nience stores, pub­lic mar­kets;

■ Em­ploy­ees of phar­ma­cies and drug stores;

■ Em­ploy­ees of food chains, restau­rants and caren­de­ria;

■ Peo­ple work­ing in pub­lic util­i­ties;

■ San­i­ta­tion per­son­nel;

■ De­liv­ery per­son­nel of car­goes - with or without load;

■ Em­ploy­ees work­ing at man­u­fac­tur­ing es­tab­lish­ments en­gaged in the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of food, es­sen­tial and hy­giene prod­ucts, medicines and vi­ta­mins, med­i­cal prod­ucts such as personal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, masks, gloves and oth­ers;

■ Lo­gis­tics and ware­house es­tab­lish­ment em­ploy­ees;

■ Au­tho­rized of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of busi­ness process out­sourc­ing (BPO) and knowl­edge process out­sourc­ing (KPO) and ex­port-ori­ented in­dus­tries;

■ Heads of mis­sion or their for­eign mis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Other au­tho­rized per­sons al­lowed to en­ter and exit the city are of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the na­tional govern­ment; Om­buds­man and Deputy Om­buds­man; jus­tices of Supreme Court and Court of Ap­peals; judges of the re­gional, metropoli­tan, city and mu­nic­i­pal trial courts and pros­e­cu­tors; pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor, vice gov­er­nor, mem­bers of the Pro­vin­cial Board, Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol em­ploy­ees and of­fi­cials; lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials; me­dia per­son­al­i­ties, and such other per­sons de­ter­mined by the mayor or of his duly au­tho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

In the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ECQ, no ve­hi­cle is al­lowed to en­ter or exit Cebu City, ex­clud­ing:

■ Ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing per­sons al­lowed to en­ter and exit the city;

■ Ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing es­sen­tial goods and ba­sic com­modi­ties;

■ Emer­gency ve­hi­cles such as am­bu­lances, fire trucks and the like; ve­hi­cles of the AFP and the PNP;

■ Ve­hi­cles de­ter­mined by the mayor or his duly rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The City Govern­ment, though, will pro­vide trans­porta­tion for front­lin­ers, health and med­i­cal work­ers, work­ers in ex­empted es­tab­lish­ments in the city from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Govern­ment of­fices pro­vid­ing ba­sic ser­vices will con­tinue op­er­at­ing provided they adopt al­ter­na­tive work ar­range­ments pur­suant to Civil Service Com­mis­sion mem­o­ran­dum.

Bona fide iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards is­sued by their re­spec­tive agen­cies shall be sufficient for move­ment around the con­tained area un­til such time that such ac­cred­i­ta­tion or­ders shall have been is­sued by the agency con­cerned.

The re­stric­tion of land and sea travel ex­clude:

■ Au­tho­rized govern­ment of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees, health and emer­gency work­ers;

■ Law en­force­ment per­son­nel, in­clud­ing the po­lice, mil­i­tary and force mul­ti­pli­ers;

■ In­di­vid­u­als duly au­tho­rized to con­duct hu­man­i­tar­ian and re­lief op­er­a­tions;

■ Per­sons work­ing in the above men­tioned ex­empted es­tab­lish­ments;

■ Me­dia per­son­nel with duly is­sued press/com­pany iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card;

■ Work­ers at­tend­ing to in­stal­la­tion, con­struc­tion and/or re­pair of pub­lic util­i­ties and/or road con­struc­tion;

■ Tran­sit­ing out­bound pas­sen­gers, trucks and ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing all types of car­goes;

■ De­liv­ery ser­vices, whether in-house or out­sourced, trans­port­ing food, medicine and other ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties;

■ Ve­hi­cles au­tho­rized by the mayor or of his duly au­tho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

■ Busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in Cebu City that will re­main open dur­ing the whole du­ra­tion of the ECQ are:

■ Hos­pi­tals, med­i­cal clin­ics and lab­o­ra­to­ries;

■ Phar­ma­cies and drug stores;

■ Gaso­line sta­tions;

■ Cargo han­dlers, for­warders, shipping lines, truck­ers, con­tainer yards;

■ Wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, cable and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies;

■ Funeral par­lors;

■ Es­tab­lish­ments man­u­fac­tur­ing med­i­cal sup­plies and its ma­te­ri­als and/or com­po­nents;

Es­tab­lish­ments ren­der­ing de­liv­ery ser­vices, whether in-house or out­sourced, trans­port­ing food, medicine and other ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

The fol­low­ing es­tab­lish­ments will be al­lowed to op­er­ate but only un­til 8 p.m.:

■ Food es­tab­lish­ments, provided that there shall be no dine-in cus­tomers and only take-out or­ders or de­liv­ery ser­vices are al­lowed;

■ Food man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers;

■ Pub­lic mar­kets, su­per­mar­kets, gro­ceries, bakeshops and con­ve­nience stores;

■ Wa­ter re­fill­ing sta­tions;

■ Vet­eri­nary clin­ics and an­i­mal feed sup­pli­ers;

■ Banks and money trans­fers;

■ Hard­ware stores;

■ De­liv­ery and courier ser­vices;

■ Deal­ers or sup­pli­ers of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, LPG and other pe­tro­leum prod­ucts, med­i­cal sup­plies and vet­eri­nary sup­plies;

■ Laun­dry ser­vices.

The man­age­ment of ex­empted es­tab­lish­ments and govern­ment of­fices should adopt strict skele­tal work­force, im­ple­ment so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures and pro­vide ad­e­quate trans­porta­tion for their em­ploy­ees.

These es­tab­lish­ments are also di­rected to con­duct tem­per­a­ture checks be­fore al­low­ing cus­tomers to en­ter their premises.

The man­age­ment of the es­tab­lish­ments should also re­quire their em­ploy­ees to wear pro­tec­tive masks and proper equip­ment.

The mayor also has the right to au­tho­rize other es­tab­lish­ments to op­er­ate as he may deem fit and nec­es­sary.

All BPO and KPO and ex­port-ori­ented in­dus­tries may re­main op­er­a­tional, provided they im­ple­ment busi­ness con­tin­gency mea­sures.

All the bor­ders in the city will be in­stalled with per­son­nel of the AFP, PNP, Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Office, City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Office and the con­cerned barangay.

The said per­son­nel will have to wear their re­spec­tive uni­form and ID.

The check­points will op­er­ate 24 hours.

The Busi­ness Per­mit and Li­cens­ing Office and the Pre­ven­tion, Restora­tion, Or­der, Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and En­hance­ment are also part of the im­ple­ment­ing of­fices of the ECQ.

Barangay of­fi­cials are also man­dated to im­ple­ment such or­der in co­or­di­na­tion with law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Mean­while, Gov. Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia an­nounced that the whole prov­ince will be in a state of ECQ on Mon­day, March 30.

She said she and other lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives agreed on the date af­ter a meet­ing Thurs­day af­ter­noon, March 26.

She said this will al­low the pub­lic to re­turn to their home­towns and buy food and other es­sen­tial goods. This will also give lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) time to dis­trib­ute quar­an­tine passes that will al­low one mem­ber of each house­hold to leave the house and go on sup­ply runs.

Ev­ery­one liv­ing in the 44 towns and seven cities un­der the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment will not be al­lowed to leave their houses.

How­ever, there are ex­cep­tions like med­i­cal per­son­nel, emer­gency re­sponse teams, govern­ment of­fi­cials and se­lected govern­ment em­ploy­ees and farm­ers and fish­er­folk, among oth­ers.

■ Driv­ers and de­liv­ery boys that bring in sup­plies and other es­sen­tial goods.

All es­tab­lish­ments will be closed to the pub­lic, ex­cept:

■ Banks;

■ Funeral par­lors;

■ Gro­ceries, su­per­mar­kets and con­ve­nience stores;

■ Food chains;

■ Phar­ma­cies;

■ Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies;

■ En­ergy com­pa­nies;

■ Wa­ter com­pa­nies;

■ Air­port and sea­ports

■ Agri­cul­tural busi­nesses Gar­cia said each LGU will dis­trib­ute one quar­an­tine pass for ev­ery house­hold. Those who are rent­ing bed spac­ers or liv­ing in dor­mi­to­ries will be eligible.

How­ever, Gar­cia said the quar­an­tine pass can only be used within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the is­su­ing LGU.


STRANDED DUE TO SO­CIAL DIS­TANC­ING. The im­pend­ing lock­down or im­po­si­tion of an en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (ECQ) had peo­ple scram­bling for gro­ceries and a ride home Thurs­day, March 26, 2020. Be­cause pub­lic con­veyance has to ob­serve so­cial dis­tanc­ing and al­lows only 50 per­cent ca­pac­ity, hun­dreds of com­muters got stranded out­side the Cebu South Bus Ter­mi­nal. As if things couldn’t get worse for them, it rained and they got drenched as they clung to their gro­cery bags. Pub­lic trans­porta­tion in Cebu City will be sus­pended start­ing noon of Satur­day, March 28, 2020. Story on 2.

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