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PROV’S BORDER CONTROL TO REMAIN WHEN CEBU CITY GOES GCQ
By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, July 30, 2020

Even if Cebu City will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), border controls between the city and Cebu Province will continue, since the province is under Modified GCQ status.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said this, emphasizing that a gradual transition for the border controls is needed to ensure there is no spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Province.

“Di man ta pareha gihapon og classification kay kung ma-GCQ ang Cebu City, MGCQ man ang Province. So, we’d rather nga hinay-hinay sa ta kay nakahinumdom mo adtong na GCQ ang Province, GCQ ang Cebu City, unya atong giablihan ang borders nato, diha ni-shoot up ang atong (Covid-19) positives,” she explained.

As the Province will re-open its tourism activities, checkpoints of the Philippine National Police (PNP) continue.

“Naa pa ang PNP pero di na strikto ang atong pag-hikutar sa mga mangagi,” Garcia said.

Barangay checkpoints will also remain in effect to help maintain the peace and order situation in barangays.

Garcia disclosed that the Capitol downloaded P50,000 to each barangay in the Province to help the frontliners bear the expenses in manning the checkpoints. 

The governor added that the Talisay City border located in the South Road Property (SRP) will remain as the only entrance towards the southern part of Cebu Province. The entrance in Bulacao, Talisay City will remain closed.

She shared that this is what she has agreed with Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas when he came in for a meeting recently. Gullas also informed the governor that many of his constituents have now recovered from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho told Garcia that the town’s Covid-19 cases decreased after implementing the one entry and exit to and from Lapu-lapu City. 

Cho imposed the border control between Lapu-Lapu City because the two local government units are not of the same risk classification. Lapu-Lapu City is GCQ while Cordova is MGCQ.

“So nakita niya (Cho) nga mas nanaug gyud,” Garcia said.

The governor will  study further whether the Province’s border controls will be lifted once Cebu City goes MGCQ. 

“Let me study that when we get there,” she said. (Mylen Manto)