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NO SWIMMING IN WATERFALLS YET, LSIs IN MGCQ AREAS FREE TO MOVE
By: Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto, Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Even if swimming is now allowed in the seas in Cebu Province, it is still not allowed in waterfalls, clarified Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in a virtual presser on Monday, July 20 in Barili town.

"Sa pagkakaron, sa atong gipreparar nga EO 20-A, dili nato tugotan ang kaligo, sightseeing lang sa. Ang pagkaligo man gud, kung ligo lang gyud nga ligo, kinahanglan pun-an nato, kinahanglan naay life guard and how to protect. Kay ig-ligo lang, mag picnic na didto unya ang tanang gikaon adto ilabay sa waterfalls. So pagkakaron, sightseeing lang sa," she said.

Garcia signed Executive Order (EO) 20 setting the guidelines to be followed as the Province was placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) which allows people to swim in other towns, an upgrade from the GCQ period when swimming was only allowed on the sea within one’s town of residence.

She will soon sign EO 20-A which will open the province to tourism activities. However, the Province’s reopening of tourism will mainly focus on locals who, Garcia said, are already a captured market considering Cebu's 3.2 million population. 

NO LSI MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Locally stranded individuals (LSI) in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are allowed to move around within the same risk classification status, as long as the requirements needed are secured.

“Katapusang issuance sa DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) ang LSI sa Cebu City dili pa pwede mugawas, so suspended gihapon. Apan sa ubang mga dapit nga MGCQ to MGCQ allowed nana,” Garcia said.

LSI is defined as Filipino citizens or foreign nationals in a specific locality within the Philippines who have expressed their intention to return to their home origin or residence as provided under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-87 issued on May 21, 2020.

DILG further classified LSIs into workers, students, tourists, and other individuals stranded in various localities while in transit. 

The LSIs have to secure a barangay certificate from the locality where she or he was stranded and a medical certificate from the municipal or city health officer, in the absence of a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or rapid diagnostic test. 

The LSIs must also have the letter of confirmation/acceptance from the mayor of their home local government unit (LGU) and travel authority issued by the PNP Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield (JTF CV Shield).

“So klaro man kayo ang protocols. And in fact, nakatabang ta sa pag further enhance sa protocols, nga ato gyud kinahanglan kuhaon ang confirmation sa local chief executive sa ulian niadtong LSI. And mao nana, smooth nana kayo ang pamaagi niining pagdawat sa LSI sa Probinsya sa Sugbo,” the governor stated. 

CAPITOL NO POWER OVER CEBU CITY

Many LSIs from Cebu City asked for her help, but Garcia said she cannot extend aid to them because Cebu City is beyond her jurisdiction as it is an independent chartered city, like Lapu-Lapu City.  

The Governor of the Province of Cebu has political jurisdiction over 44 towns and seven cities namely the cities of Danao, Bogo, Talisay, Carcar, Toledo, and Naga, as well as Mandaue City wherein they still vote for provincial officials as stated in their city charter.

"Kapila ko naman na gibalik-balik nga wala ko'y poder (power) sa Cebu City. Research mo. Naay history ana nga sa panahon ni Marcos, gideklarar na ang Cebu City nga highly urbanized city, nga dili na sila ma-under sa Cebu Provincial Government bisan pa tuod og ang Capitol naa sa Cebu City ug ang Cebu City maoy capital sa Cebu Island," the governor emphasized.

Garcia clarified the matter as she has been tagged in the P2.5 million worth of tuob kits in Cebu City.

"Busa kanang mga tuob kits, wala'y labot ang Probinsya ana, labaw na ko kay ang akong gi-encourage sa home remedies nga kon unsa la'y available sa balay maoy gamiton. Naa man ta siguro'y tubig sa balay. Naa sad ta'y planggana. Naa sa'y asin. Makita ra ni nato nga available na sa atong balay," she pointed out.

Garcia shared, however, that the Provincial Government has extended help to Barangay Capitol Site, one of the barangays in Cebu City, as a “moral responsibility” since this is where the Provincial Capitol is located. 

Aside from the choreographers, visual artists, dance masters from the Province’s entertainment industry, the Capitol also granted requests for assistance from those who are from Cebu City as they helped in the success of the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo, she said.

"Dili ko ka-issue og order para matarong nang Cebu City. Ka'y wala ko'y poder. Although, tungod kay giako ko na nga nga moral responsibility tungod kay ang Capitol naa sa Capitol Site (one of Cebu City barangays), mitabang ta. Mitabang sad ta’s dance masters, visual artists ug choreographers sa Cebu City. Bisan tuod og para lang unta to's taga-Probinsya pero apil man gud ning atong mga artists sa city sa Pasigarbo (sa Sugbo) maong atong gihatagan og bugas. Apan diha ra ta kutob," she further said. (Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto, Eleanor Valeros)