Treñas backpedals, wants to place Iloilo City under GCQ

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A day after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed Iloilo City under MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine), Mayor Jerry Treñas sought to downgrade the city's quarantine status.

Treñas said on Saturday, Sept. 26, he would send a letter to the IAFT requesting to reclassify the status of the city to GCQ (general community quarantine).

According to the mayor, he already talked to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, IATF chairman, and Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing regarding the request.

The decision was made after Treñas met with the City COVID-19 Team and business groups. 

"Compliance officers will be deployed to affected barangays. A Quick Response Team will be on lookout to trace, test, isolate and decontaminate areas with COVID-19 cases," Treñas said.

Meanwhile, the mayor clarified that the city will continue to accept inbound passengers provided that they present their negative swab or RT-PCR test results within three days prior to arrival.

"We can accept flights of returning residents as long as their RT-PCR tests have been taken within 72 hours. Personnel will be assigned at the airport and seaport to check on their documents," Treñas said 

"We will then inform their barangays to monitor them. They can go home directly as no more quarantine in facility shall be required," he added. IMT

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