Labella to Cebu City residents: Cooperate, heed government's orders

CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella appealed to Cebuanos midnight Tuesday, June 23, to remain calm, cooperate and follow the protocols set by the government as quarantine measures have been made stricter.

Labella issued the statement in a recording that was posted on his Facebook account hours after the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Albert Ferro announced that quarantine passes issued by the City Government are suspended effective 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspension of quarantine passes is pursuant to the directive of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, said Labella.

"This drastic measure was put in place after an IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) team went around the city earlier today and still found many people out of their homes," he said.

He then appealed for "calm and understanding, as we work out the details in coordination with the DILG and national agencies."

Labella assured that authorized persons outside residence (Apor) and other essential and exempted individuals will still be allowed to go out.

He also stressed that the City Government will continue to help the barangays.

He said updates on the distribution of the new quarantine passes and the process on how to get it will be given soon.

"More details will be discussed tomorrow after a meeting with different agencies, including the police," Labella said. (LMY)