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By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Thursday, June 11, 2020
On Monday, June 15, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is set to announce whether Cebu Province will be granted the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) status. (Junjie Mendoza)

Will Cebu Province be granted the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) status from the current General Community Quarantine (GCQ)? There’s a high chance of this happening, but the final answer will be known on Monday yet.

"Malaki po ang tsansa na maipasa sa IATF," said Secretary Carlito Galvez, referring to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), of which he is “chief implementer.” 

The task force will have a meeting on Monday, June 15.

"Pero hindi po ako makapagbibigay nang decision, sa IATF po ang decision," he stated. 

In a data he presented, Cebu province has eight barangays and three municipalities that are affected. 

"Kung ano ang maging quarantine control ng province and Cebu City malalaman this coming Monday," Galvez added.

Galvez was in Cebu Thursday, June 11, to look into the Covid-19 situation in the Province and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapulapu. He met with the heads of various national agencies comprising of the regional IATF, as well as the mayors of the three cities and the governor. 

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who attended the meeting, said their meeting with Galvez was "fruitful."

"We have had a very fruitful discussion and personally I am very happy that Secretary Galvez is able to analyze the available data that we have, in order to truly give an informed direction as to how we should be facing this challenge," Garcia said.

Garcia earlier sent a letter to the regional IATF requesting for the upgrading of its GCQ status. The governor's request included data showing why Cebu is ready to transition to a MGCQ. 

As of Wednesday, the governor said that the province has not received any response yet from the IATF.

Galvez, for his part, clarified that the president will be the one to announce new quarantine status of the provinces and cities on Monday, June 15. 

"First time po na gusto ni presidente siya mag announce and we don't want to pre-empt yung kanyang announcement," Galvez said. 

By Monday, the national IATF will meet and discuss the recommendations, including that of the the governor, before it will be presented to the president for his announcement, he explained. (Vanessa L. Almeda)