Siquijor

Siquijor under Alert Level 4: Border passes, home quarantine required

Art Lubiano
Siquijor under Alert Level 4: Border passes, home quarantine required
Starting on Thursday, September 23, Siquijor province residents will be required to present their home quarantine pass (HQP) when they go outside their residences to purchase essential goods and services

The Siquijor provincial government placed the entire island under Alert Level 4, the second highest alert level under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), on Sunday, September 19.

Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa issued executive order (EO) No. 2021-ZSV-024 implementing the new coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level scheme in response to the recorded increase of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the province.

“The Province of Siquijor recorded an increase of COVID-19 confirmed cases with a total of 359 cases from September 1 to September 19, 2021 (according to) Department of Health-Siquijor Province,” the EO read.

Quarantine, working passes required

Starting on Thursday, September 23, Siquijor province residents will be required to present their home quarantine pass (HQP) when they go outside their residences to purchase essential goods and services.

Villa said that one HQP with the name of a fully vaccinated family member will be given to each household in the province.

“Only the persons named in the HQP with his/her valid ID will be allowed to go out of the house,” Villa said in the EO.

If the person named in the HQP is unavailable or is unable to go out, another member of the family who is vaccinated may be allowed, granting that they bring the pass and the identification card of the person named on the card.

Private sector workers can present a working pass at municipal borders.

Frontliners exempted from the working pass requirement include:

  • All uniformed service personnel (such as PA, PNP, PCG, BJMP, BFP and other government forces), with valid government issued ID and vaccination card;
  • Medical doctors, health workers/frontliners, first responders, MDRRMO PDDRMO employees and other frontliners including the members of Provincial and Municipal IATF for COVID-19, with valid government issued ID and vaccination card;
  • Medical emergencies, court processes, and government transactions which are essential and unavoidable.

“Government employees of Siquijor Provincial Capitol National Government Agencies and instrumentalities of the government need only to present the IDs of their respective agencies when going to work,” Villa said.

Unless extended or lifted sooner, both pass requirements in Siquijor are expected to end on October 2.

See the executive order here for the full list of restrictions.

Home quarantine

Under Siquijor’s stay-at-home policy, the movement of all persons are limited to accessing goods and services from permitted establishments, for work in such establishments, or for other activities permitted by the EO.

Residents below 18 years old and over 65 with an immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and vaccinated pregnant women are required to stay at home.

However, residents falling under these restrictions are exempted when they need to obtain essential goods and services, or if they work in industries and offices, or are self employed, or where members of the family are all senior citizens or under 18 years of age and an emergency situation arises.

Granular lockdowns

The new lockdown scheme allows local government units (LGUs) to recommend small-scale or granular lockdowns in a certain area for at least 14 days.

“All individuals living in the identified houses are ordered to remain inside their dwelling, except for emergency instances such as medical and surgical procedures and treatments, and as determined by the MIATF,” the EO read.

Siquijor town acting mayor Teodoro Jumawan has imposed a granular lockdown in Sitio Liburan, Barangay Banban following the reports of 10 COVID-19 confirmed cases on September 15.

“The lockdown is imposed specifically to the five households which were identified to have close contact with the positive individuals and other 97 neighboring households to prevent further spread of the disease,” Jumawan said in an EO.

The lockdown in Siquijor town is expected to run from September 18 to October 2, 2021.

Mayor Gerold Pal-ing also implemented granular lockdowns in the following seven barangays of Enrique Villanueva town:

  • Lotloton
  • Cangmangki
  • Poblacion
  • Lomangcapan
  • Tulapos
  • Libo
  • Bino-ongan

“As of September 16, the Municipal Health Office [has recorded] four to six probable positive cases of COVID-19 [in these areas] and now under treatment and [isolation],” Pal-ing said.

The mayor said the granular lockdowns in the said areas will run from September 22 to October 3, 2021. – Rappler.com