Iloilo City will appeal to have its quarantine status downgraded from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting August 1.
“On behalf of the city, I will again make my appeal to the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) to lower our quarantine classification,” said Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.
“We are doing very well in contact tracing; we have the highest RT-PCR tests in the region; we place on lockdown houses where there are many positive cases; we have a lot of quarantine facilities for positive patients,” he stressed.
The mayor noted that the city’s daily COVID-19 cases have been decreasing to less than a hundred average.
However, Treñas said healthcare facilities based in city are getting full because of patients from all over Panay Island.
"While the cases of Iloilo City are starting to go down, the parameters being looked upon by the IATF are still high. Our COVID-19 beds and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds utilization rates are still high since patients coming from Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo Province and Guimaras are being brought to our hospitals for treatment. Cases continue to go up in these provinces,” he explained.
Based on July 28 bulletin issued by the Department of Health (DOH-6), the city has 1,440 active cases.
The city has been placed under ECQ from July 16 to July 31 following the confirmation of two COVID-19 Delta variant cases in Pandan, Antique.
Meanwhile, Treñas said food packs and proposed cash aid from the national government are not enough to cushion the economic impacts of restrictions.
The IATF, according to the mayor, should understand that Iloilo City a regional center.
“If the city is on lockdown again, many are out of jobs. The P1,000 per person that will be given by the government through the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) will help, but unfortunately, it will not be enough. Many are already complaining to me that they are hungry and they can no longer feed their families,” he said.IMT