Davao City, Zamboanga City, 19 other areas under MECQ until end-June

Pia Ranada

COVID-19 IN MINDANAO. Davao airport staff wear personal protective equipment.

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The new quarantine classifications reflect the rise in COVID-19 cases reported in Mindanao

Twenty-one areas in the country, most of which are in Mindanao, have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 16 to 30, announced President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 14.

Of these places, 10 come from Mindanao. These include Duterte’s own hometown Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Zamboanga City – major urban hubs in the southern region.

Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Iloilo City are the only areas from Visayas in the MECQ list. The rest are areas in Luzon.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the number of areas in the MECQ list is a “record of sorts” as it is the highest number of places placed under this level of restrictions.

The new quarantine classifications reflect a trend of rising COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, as reported by both the Department of Health and experts with the Octa Research group.

Duterte also announced that Metro Manila and Bulacan will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) “with some restrictions,” while the rest of “NCR Plus” will be under the stricter GCQ “with heightened restrictions.”

Below is the complete list of quarantine classifications, in place from June 16 to 30.

  • Santiago City
  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Ifugao
  • Bataan
  • Lucena City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Naga City
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur
GCQ ‘with heightened restrictions’
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
GCQ ‘with some restrictions’
  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Baguio City
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Benguet
  • Abra
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Iligan City
  • Davao del Norte
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Cotabato City
Modified GCQ
  • Rest of the country


Pia Ranada

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