Government changes list of areas under ECQ

Pia Ranada
Aurora, Aklan, Capiz, Davao del Norte, and Davao de Oro are removed from the list and will only be under general community quarantine from May 1 to 15

LIFE UNDER ECQ. Commuters line up to have their body temperature checked by patrolling policemen at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has changed the provinces and cities that will be on lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from May 1 to May 15.

The new list was announced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Tuesday, April 28, in a virtual press briefing.

Areas to be under ECQ are:

LUZON

  • Metro Manila
  • Central Luzon (except Aurora province)
  • Calabarzon
  • Pangasinan
  • Benguet
  • Baguio City

VISAYAS

  • Iloilo province
  • Cebu province
  • Cebu City

MINDANAO

  • Davao City

What were the changes? Previously in the list were Aklan, Capiz, Aurora, Davao del Norte, and Davao de Oro. These were removed by the government coronavirus taskforce after a meeting on Monday, April 27.

All provinces and cities not on the amended list will be under a relaxed form of quarantine, called general community quarantine or GCQ, since they are considered areas with only a low risk or moderate risk of experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. 

GCQ is also the next phase for ECQ areas that show marked improvement in containing the novel coronavirus. The Department of Health has been tasked with coming up with minimum health standards to measure this. 

GCQ areas that show no increase in positive cases by May 15 may be free of any quarantine measures on May 16, Roque also said. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.