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CEBU PROVINCE’S BORDERS REMAIN OPEN
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Thursday, June 18, 2020
Essential workers from Cebu Province working in Cebu City are still allowed to cross borders as long as with necessary documentary requirements even if Cebu City is now on Enhanced Community Quarantine. (Tonee Despojo/File Photo)

The Province of Cebu, with the concurrence of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and all town and city mayors, will not close its borders to its constituents.

Essential workers from Cebu Province who will still come to Cebu City and return to their hometowns after work must present their certificates of employment and company identification cards at checkpoints.

They must also do steam inhalation for 10 minutes twice a day at home.

Cebu Province retained its status under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), including the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, starting June 15 until June 30. Cebu City is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). 

Meanwhile, Talisay City, a component city of the province, was reverted to Modified ECQ but might be reclassified to GCQ anytime soon after Garcia intends to upgrade the city’s quarantine status. 

The move was supported by  other mayors in the province during a consultative meeting on June 17 called by Garcia attended by the Department of Health Central Visayas, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Provincial Police Office, several members of the Provincial Board members, Cebu's congressional representatives, and other government line agencies.

“Dili man pud ni mahimo nga magsige ra ta og sira unya di na pud makatrabaho. Mosamot og kalisud ang kahimtang sa atong mga kaigsoonan. Covid is there. The key is (to) protect yourself," the governor said.

"You can insist on certain protocols nga inig-uli magtuob sila. 10 minutes tuob inig-uli, 10 minutes tuob inig ka buntag padung sa trabaho. Unya inom og vitamins, kalamansi. Simple ra kaayo akong pangayo. This is not an additional expense sa atong empleyado," Garcia told mayors.

She urged mayors to issue an executive order similar to EO 17, Sec 19, which encourages all Cebuanos to boost their immune system so they are able to protect themselves from viral infection. 

For the borders, Mayor Alex Binghay said Balamban town will retain its borders. 

Mandaue City Legal Counsel Atty. John Eddu Ibañez announced that all access points going to Cebu City will remain open.

Workers who are coming from the south will use the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) in Talisay City in entering Cebu City, and they can access the Bulacao-Talisay border and the CSCR highway in going back. (Vanessa L. Almeda)