Metro Manila, Davao City, 7 other areas under GCQ until January 31

Aika Rey
Metro Manila, Davao City, 7 other areas under GCQ until January 31

FACE SHIELD. A police officer from the Manila Police District teaches a shopper how to properly use a face shield along Recto Avenue in Divisoria, Manila on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte adds Isabela, including Santiago City, to the areas under the general community quarantine

Metro Manila, Davao City, and 7 other areas are under general community quarantine (GCQ) until January 31, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday, December 28.

In a televised address, Duterte approved the recommendation to place the following areas under GCQ, subject to the appeal of local executives:

  • Metro Manila
  • Isabela
  • Batangas
  • Iloilo
  • Tacloban City
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Iligan City
  • Davao City
  • Davao del Norte

On December 15, the Inter-Agency Task Force imposed tighter restrictions in Isabela, except Santiago City, because of an uptick in coronavirus cases.

Under the new classifications the President announced on Monday, the entirety of Isabela, including Santiago City, is now under GCQ.

The rest of the country remains under modified GCQ, the loosest quarantine classification.

On the issue of the new COVID-19 strain, the President reminded Filipinos to just stay at home.

“Dito sa COVID strain, the rule is kung maaring ‘wag ka lumabas ng bahay, ‘wag kang lumabas. (For the new COVID-19 strain, the rule is if it’s possible for you not to go out, don’t go out),” the President said.

The new and reportedly more infectious COVID-19 strain originated from the United Kingdom.

The Philippines had recently extended the travel ban from UK – which was supposed to end on December 31 – for another two weeks. –

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at