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By: Mylen Manto | Published Saturday, June 20, 2020
Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for Central Visayas sealed its concurrence with Gov. Gwen Garcia’s executive order to place Talisay City back to General Community Quarantine. (Junjie Mendoza/File Photo)

Talisaynons can let out a sigh of relief as Talisay City formally goes back to general community quarantine (GCQ) status.

This is after the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) sealed its concurrence with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's executive order (EO) to place the city on the same status with the rest of the province. 

“RIATF has just concurred. Magpasalamat ta sa RIATF sa pag-downgrade from MECQ to GCQ. We just got word karon,” Garcia said during her virtual presser on Friday, June 19.

Garcia issued EO No. 17-G changing the risk classification of Talisay City from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to GCQ. This is pursuant to an IATF resolution giving the governor authority “to impose, lift, or extend ECQ in component cities and municipalities upon the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF.”

Earlier, Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas, Jr. was surprised upon learning that Talisay City was the only one in the country to be placed under MECQ, when it has recorded Covid-19 recoveries contrary to initial reports.

In his Facebook page, he said an appeal was filed because he believes they are qualified to be under GCQ.

“The data for Talisay was wrong. Because of that, we appealed together with Gov. Gwen na ma-GCQ para ma-erase ang bati na dungog tungod sa sayop na information na wala kuno tay recoveries sa City of Talisay,” the post read. 

Atty. Frank Eduard Dinsay V, Garcia's chief-of-staff, said the RIATF's decision to concur with the issued EO was relayed by Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Shalimar Tamano, one of the members of the RIATF.

Gullas expressed his gratitude to the governor. However, he said an IATF resolution declaring the city under GCQ is still needed to formalize the move.

“I thank Gov Gwen for all her help. But remember, nothing is final up until the IATF resolution is signed and given to the city. Until then, we remain in MECQ. I’m hoping by Monday maka-start nata. But let’s see lang sa,” he posted.

Gullas reminded the Talisaynons that a GCQ status is not an excuse to go out for leisure. Movement restrictions will still be imposed especially for non-workers and non-essential movement. (Mylen Manto)