Duterte places Iligan City under MECQ
ILIGAN CITY (1 September 2020) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced on Sunday evening that Iligan City has been placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from 1 to 30 September 2020.
Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, Tacloban City, and Bacolod City are under GCQ while the rest of the country are placed under MGCQ.
Under MECQ, everyone is ordered to stay home except for authorized personnel. No public transport are allowed and government offices are on skeletal force and work from home arrangements.
Based on information released by the Department of Health (DOH) northern Mindanao regional office on Sunday, 47 new cases were recorded in Region X, 20 of which were caused by local transmission in Iligan City.
There have been more than 12,000 suspected cases in the region and 95% of which tested negative on RT-PCR.
22 deaths have been recorded in the Region and fatality rate is at 1.57%.
Recovery rate in northern Mindanao, on the other hand, is at 55%.
The city government of Iligan is currently under fire after reports of mishandling the COVID-19 response began surfacing in local mainstream media and social media. There have been communication mishaps on the local government response as alleged by residents and some private organizations.
One particular issue that irked several residents of Iligan was the mishandling of the case of Tonga’s tailoring were approximately 60 workers were locked down in a building in substandard conditions without government support. In the same building, confirmed, probable and suspect cases were placed in the same room, sharing utensils and other items. In a video posted on social media, the workers staged a protest while in confinement demanding for more aid and support.
In mid-August, the city government announced to the public that the whole city will be placed in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which is tantamount to a full lockdown, only to find out the next day that the IATF blocked such plan stating that the conditions did not warrant a total lockdown and closure of businesses.