DILG: Travel between areas on GCQ, MGCQ permitted

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LOCALLY stranded individuals (LSIs) are free to leave Cebu City.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lifted the ban on their travel effective Friday, July 31, 2020.

Cebu City, which was on modified enhanced community quarantines until Friday, is on general community quarantine (GCQ) along with the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay and the towns of Minglanilla and Consolation from Saturday, Aug. 1, to Aug. 15. The rest of Cebu Province is on modified GCQ.

In the advisory released by the DILG 7 and signed by DILG 7 Director Leocadio Trovela, all interzonal movement of persons between areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ is permitted, except for leisure travel.

“With this, suspension on the movement of LSIs is automatically lifted when the risk level of an area is downgraded to GCQ. Thus, no need for further issuance or order to that effect,” the advisory states.

The advisory also stated that in areas on GCQ and MGCQ, road, rail, maritime and avian sectors of public transportation can resume operation.

However, Mayor Edgardo Labella said public utility jeepneys are still not allowed to operate unlike buses, Transport Network Vehicle Services and taxis, which can ply the streets if operators comply with various guidelines set by different government agencies.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Joel Garganera, Cebu City Covid-19 Task Force for Seaports and Coastal Areas chairman, clarified that people who need to go outside Cebu for work purposes are considered authorized persons outside residence (Apor) and not LSIs.

DILG Cebu City Director Ian Kenneth Lucero said workers who need to leave Cebu on official business must secure a travel or mission order from their superior, a medical certificate, a certificate of employment and other relevant documents like travel details, such as the port of origin, port of destination, name of vessel, date of departure, estimated date of departure and arrival and purpose of travel.

Garganera said it is also important for workers to provide proof of the nature of their employment and sent the details to spgarganera@gmail.com.

Lucero said workers who will be traveling to Bohol and back must also secure clearance from the Bohol Inter-Agency Task Force.

Upon their return to Cebu City, Garganera said workers have to undergo 14 days of quarantine. (JJL)