NegOr ECQ extended until April 30
DUMAGUETE CITY, April 16 (PIA) — The implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Negros Oriental is extended until April 30, 2020.
Gov. Roel Degamo signed Executive Order 2020-28 which extends the declaration of ECQ over the province until April 30 or until lifted sooner.
Degamo signed the EO yesterday and was released to the public via the provincial government’s official Facebook page today.
The ECQ was supposed to end on April 18 at 12:01 a.m.
Early this week, the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force – Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) filed a resolution seeking to extend the imposition of ECQ upon the recommendation of local medical doctors to further “flatten the curve.”
“The reason (behind this) is to sustain what we have done. Usik man kaayo kung dili nato ma-sustain. I-sustain nato ang effort. Paglantaw nato na wala gyud then mobalik na pod ta sa General Community Quarantine (It would be a waste of our efforts if we will not be able to sustain this. After this, we will assess and perhaps we can downgrade to General Community Quarantine),” Degamo said in an interview with local media after the April 13 meeting with the IATF-EID regarding the ECQ extension.
Based on the latest EO, the ECQ will be continuously implemented from April 18, 12:01 a.m. until April 30, 11:29 p.m unless sooner lifted based on the records of the Provincial Health Office in relation to COVID-19 and recommendations from the Provincial IATF-EID.
The same rules stated in EO 2020-26 which placed Negros Oriental under ECQ shall be applied during the extended days of its implementation.
Each Local Government Unit across the province will receive P2-M as assistance from the provincial government for their COVID-19 measures.
With this, Provincial Public Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor clarified that this is not a new form of cash assistance but the amount which the governor promised to provide LGUs previously.
The basis for this is the appropriation ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panglalawigan to fund expenditures to counter the COVID-19 crisis in the province.
Miraflor added that this is on top of the relief goods which the province distributed to different cities and municipalities in the province.
The funds for the relief goods were sourced from the provincial Quick Response Fund (QRF).
In addition, Degamo has also declared a liquor ban throughout the province while the ECQ is imposed.
The governor urged all local chief executives, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the province to enforce the rules of the new EO. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)