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FROM ECQ TO DEV’T: GOV HOPES FOR CEBU PROV’S TRANSITION
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Monday, May 11, 2020
With low cases of Covid-19 in the province, Gov. Gwen Garcia is optimistic that Cebu Province can already take the steps towards Enhanced Community Development to recover its struggling people and economy. (Tonee Despojo)

Seeing how Covid-19 cases in the province have stayed at the minimum and the discipline showed by the barangays and puroks, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed her eagerness to make the transition from enhanced community quarantine  (ECQ) to enhanced countryside development (ECD). 

“It’s about time that we resuscitate our struggling economy and take steps to improve the lives of people that are now suffering because of this [Covid-19 pandemic]," she said.

As of May 11, Cebu Province has a total of 49 Covid-19 with 33 in the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Cebu City and only 16 in the local government units.

However, even as the province shifts to lighter restrictions, mass testing will still continue, giving priority to those with symptoms, said Garcia.

She cited that even in the United States of America, 80 percent of those tested positive are asymptomatic and eventually do not get sick. 

“Ang ako na lang ana gitan-aw nga kadtong magpakita og symptoms kadto dayon atong i-test and if mag-positive, immediately sila ang atong i-isolate,” the governor pointed out.

With the transition, Garcia also stated that the Capitol is bound to first protect those who are already immunocompromised. 

“Kanang naa na'y sakit sa kidney, duna'y sakit sa kasingkasing, ang mga immune systems na have already been lowered, kay mao man na’y more likely maglisod og fight sa disease," she said. 

“In the meantime, we have to get the economy back, running. We can’t be isolating everybody,” she added. 

Garcia further emphasized that the transition is definitely not the “abracadabra back-to-the-old normal.”

“Dili ni nga ‘Whoa! Open it back.’ No, dili. Duna gyud tay protocols in so far as gatherings are concerned, in so far as the work environment is concerned, and certainly in so far as sanitation and hygiene is concerned,” she added.

She also underlined that with the lessons learned on Covid-19, the various sectors of society have now considerably matured in terms of knowledge, data and statistics of what once called “novel” coronavirus. Now, it is something the people are getting used to.

“From initial assumptions, murag makakita ta nga actual data is not really corresponding to the initial dire projection. These are lessons that we are learning, although each day is a learning experience,” she added.

“But as more and more countries are opening up and we are watching very closely, it really pays to separate the grain from the chaff to realize what the valuable lessons are that will guide us to define our transition from ECQ to ECD,” the governor emphasized. (Eleanor Valeros)