Duterte announces June 16-30, 2021 quarantine classifications

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, June 14, 2021, approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place National Capital Region (NCR) and Bulacan to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with some restrictions starting June 16 until June 30, 2021.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the meeting IATF
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members prior to his talk to the people. Photo via PCOO

The provinces of Rizal, Laguna and Cavite are also under GCQ but with heightened restrictions.

Also under GCQ status until end of the month, are areas under the Cordillera Administrative Region, such as Abra, Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Benguet; Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Iligan City in Region 10, Davao del Norte in Region 11; General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato and South Cotabato in Region 12 and Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City in BARMM.

The City of Santiago and Cagayan in Region 2; Apayao and Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Bataan in Region 3; Lucena in Region 4-A and Puerto Princesa in Region 4-B; Naga City in Region 5; Iloilo City and Iloilo in Region 6; Negros Oriental in Region 7 and Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Cagayan de Oro City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11 and Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Sur in CARAGA shall be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1 to June 30, 2021.

Duterte announces June 16-30, 2021 quarantine classifications

"Nationally, decline in COVID-19 cases have stalled and a plateauing trend continues," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

Duque also highlighted the following observations:
  • NCR in a slow decline after a minor bump in trend while Plus areas with less consistent case pattern.
  • Other Luzon areas and Mindanao cases have not gone down after an uptick in cases.
  • Visayas now has the steepest increase in cases among the island groups surpassing numbers of NCR Plus areas.
  • As cases continue to increase in Visayas and Mindanao, health care capacity, especially critical care capacity must be augmented.

— The Summit Express

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