DAVAO ORIENTAL, May 14 (PIA) - The entire Municipality of Boston in Davao Oriental has been placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status for 14 days starting May 13 until May 27 due to surge of COVID-19 cases.
The Davao Regional Inter-agency Task Force (RIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has given its approval and concurrence of such GCQ declaration based on a letter request of Davao Oriental IATF and Boston Municipal IATF to escalate the quarantine classification of Boston from modified general community quarantine MGCQ to GCQ.
Duly signed by Davao Oriental Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 action officer, Dr. Reden Bersaldo and approved by Provincial Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, the letter request dated May 9 was received by RIATF on May 11.
The request cited Boston to have the "highest number of attack rate and growth rate" of COVID-19 among local government units (LGUs) in Davao Oriental with 26 standing total number of positive cases, affecting more barangays therein.
RIATF Chairperson Alex Roldan, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed RIATF Resolution No. 05 Series of 2021 on May 12, citing the joint request of the Provincial and Municipal IATF as "meritorious and thus vital in managing and preventing further spread of COVID-19" in the Municipality of Boston.
RIATF Resolution No. 05 has directed local task force concerned, to "strictly" adhere to the IATF Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines and to the Zoning Containment Strategy per National Task Force Memorandum Circular No. 2 Series of 2020.
The Regional IATF further instructs concerned local task forces to adhere to "strict enforcement" of minimum health standards, intensified contact tracing, quarantine of close contact and isolation of confirmed cases.
It stretches its order for local task force to impose "granular lockdown of critical areas in the Zoning Containment Strategy", if warranted, subject to the concurrence of the Regional IATF.
Meanwhile, Boston Municipal Mayor Rowell F. Rosit issued Executive Order No. 05 founded on the Regional IATF approval and concurrence of joint provincial and municipal request to accelerate the quarantine status of his municipality.
Under Section 2 on General Guidelines of his Executive Order No. 05, Rosit emphasizes on the need to follow protocols set in the Omnibus Guidelines on implementing GCQ in municipalities.
In the same General Guideline of EO 05, Rosit directs adherence to self-protection and quarantine measures, office work arrangements, and guidelines for educational institutions.
Among the prohibited are public and private mass gatherings; operations of tourism industries and computer shops; and holding of religious ceremonies.
Liquor ban is imposed 24-hours daily and seven days a week. (Jeanevive Duron Abangan, PIA XI with reports from Jan Vincent Leuterio)