CEBU City Acting Mayor Michael Rama said he is set to conduct a focus group discussion with experts and leaders of various sectors in the city on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, to discuss and craft a new executive order that will be implemented in the city.
This will be done in anticipation of the announcement of the city’s next quarantine classification starting on Oct. 1. Cebu City is under general community quarantine from Sept. 8 to 30.
Rama’s latest executive order, issued last Sept. 7, will expire on Sept. 30.
Rama said he is not yet “expecting” that Cebu City would be placed under modified general community quarantine, which imposes less restrictions.
He urged Cebuanos to still observe minimum health protocols and not be complacent.
Rama also said he has yet to decide whether to retain the vaccination bubble measure of the City or not by October.
His decision will depend on the discussion Thursday.
Dr. Mary Jean Loreche and retired military general Mel Feliciano are expected to join the discussions Thursday.
Loreche is the spokesperson of the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center and chief pathologist of the Department of Health 7, while Feliciano serves as the Visayas Inter-Agency Task Force chief implementer.
Cebu City’s Covid-19 cases have declined during the past days based on the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) data. As of Sept. 28, the city’s active Covid-19 cases were only at 707.
Meanwhile, Cebu City Police Office Director Col. Josefino Ligan said they have apprehended 232 community quarantine violators in the past days.
Of the number, 187 were adults, while 45 were minors.
The common violations were non-observance of curfew and non-wearing of masks.
Ligan said they have not caught any violators yet on the liquor ban policy during the GCQ period.
He said the augmentation of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7 personnel will end on Thursday, but the CCPO intends to request them to stay in the city as there is an upcoming filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the May 2022 elections.
The COC filing period is Oct. 1-8, 2021.
EOC deputy chief implementer Joel Garganera has urged aspiring public officials to maintain and follow health protocols during the political gatherings to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases. (WBS, MVE)