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Palace Adds to List of Areas Under Enhanced Community Quarantine Until May 15

Bacolod City and Iloilo are now included.
by Clara Rosales
Apr 30, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano
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Bacolod City and Iloilo are now included in the updated list of areas under extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Palace announced on April 30.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing listed all the areas covered by the May 15 extension of the ECQ:

  1. Metro Manila
  2. Region III - Central Luzon (except Aurora)
  3. Region IV A - CALABARZON
  4. Pangasinan
  5. Benguet
  6. Iloilo including Iloilo City
  7. Cebu
  8. Bacolod City
  9. Davao City

Areas not included in the list will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) or “new normal” starting May 1.

On April 24, the Palace announced that only high-risk areas would be placed under extended ECQ, which will last until May 15. At that time, Bacolod City and Iloilo were not yet considered high-risk areas, and would be placed under GCQ after April 30. 

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas was already preparing an exit plan for the city. A group of experts from the University of the Philippines Visayas studied a possible lifting of ECQ in the city to prepare for GCQ. Treñas submitted a copy of the 18-page study to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado for recommendations.

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