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Gov Umali tells Nueva Ecija mayors to prepare for modified ECQ

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Local government units (LGUs) in this province are preparing for the possible transition from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Governor Aurelio Umali, who also heads the Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force, on Friday met with several mayors to discuss the new guidelines and policies that will be implemented in case the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approves the request for the province to be placed under MECQ from May 16 to 31.

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) has already endorsed the request of Governor Umali to national IATF for the imposition of MECQ instead of general community quarantine (GCQ) in the province.

In Resolution No. 1 Series of 2020 signed by Regional Director Julie Daquioag of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as chairperson and Regional Director Cesar Cassion of the Department of Health (DOH) as co-chairperson, the RIATF endorsed the request for MECQ for Nueva Ecija.

The resolution which also carried the request of other Central Luzon provinces and highly urbanized city acknowledged the validity of reasons cited by the local chief executives (LCEs) in their requests for MECQ implementation.

The LCEs noted, among others, the high number of pending coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) results, low percentage of tested cases and necessity for preparation or transition phase from ECQ to GCQ.

On Thursday, Umali went public to confirm that he requested for a MECQ instead of GCQ upon consultation with mayors, hospitals and other sectors in the front-line of the battle against Covid-19.

Being under MECQ instead of GCQ, he added, will better prepare the community, government and hospitals.

As of May 12, this province has recorded 47 confirmed Covid-19 cases with three deaths and 26 recoveries. (PNA)