CEBU CITY, Philippines — Mayor Edgar Labella on Tuesday (June 23) announced on social media that the city government is cancelling all issued quarantine passes to Cebu City residents in response to the order coming from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“This drastic measure was put in place after an Inter-Agency Task Force team went around the city earlier today and still found many people out of their homes,” Labella said.
Labella said the city government is closely working out the details with the DILG as to the new measures to be implemented following the cancellation of the quarantine passes.
He assured, meanwhile, that all authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and essential and exempted individuals will still be allowed to go out.
Mayor Labella added that updates on how to get the new quarantine passes will be announced soon and the guidelines will be made available to all barangays in the city.
“We will work to ease this transition as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,” the Mayor said in his post.
“There will be difficult days ahead but let’s keep our eyes on our common goal, which is to save our community from this pandemic,” he concluded.
On Monday (June 22), President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to oversee the city’s response against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after a spike in cases despite a number of measures imposed within the city.
Based on the latest data of the Department of Health (DOH), Cebu City recorded over 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, making it the new coronavirus hot spot after Metro Manila.
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