LIST: Enhanced, general quarantine areas until May 15


Posted at Apr 24 2020 09:46 AM | Updated as of Apr 24 2020 10:38 PM

LIST: Enhanced, general quarantine areas until May 15 1
Philippine Army personnel keep tight checkpoints in Barangay Maricaban in Pasay City on April 22, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News Philippine Army personnel man checkpoints in Barangay Maricaban in Pasay City on April 22, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE)- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday approved the recommendation of the Philippines' coronavirus task force to extend the enhanced community quarantine in areas considered at high risk of the spread of COVID-19.

This as the Luzon-wide quarantine is set to end on April 30, and cases of the virus continued to be reported.

The enhanced community quarantine was extended for 15 days from May 1 up to May 15 in the following provinces:

  • Metro Manila
  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Quezon Province
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Albay
  • Catanduanes
  • Davao Del Norte
  • Davao City
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Cebu City
  • Cebu
  • Davao De Oro

The following areas under enhanced community quarantine meanwhile will be subject to a "recheck" by April 30.

  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Cebu City
  • Cebu
  • Davao De Oro

All other provinces not included in the list will be under general community quarantine (GQC) or the "new normal," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The following areas, however, were identified to be under moderate risk from the pandemic:

  • Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Lanao del Sur

Low-risk areas, meanwhile, are as follows:

  • Abra
  • Aurora
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Apayao
  • Batanes
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Quirino
  • La Union
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Marinduque
  • Palawan
  • Romblon
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Sorsogon
  • Capiz
  • Samar
  • Western Samar
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Masbate
  • Guimaras
  • Bohol
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Maguindanao
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Davao Occidental
  • Sarangani
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Island
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Basilan
  • Sulu

The inter-agency task force also recommended that the following steps be taken in areas under the general quarantine:

  • All ports and airports will open for transportation of goods
  • Children from 0 to 20 years old, seniors 60 and above and those with health risks are advised to stay at home
  • Partial mall opening for non-leisure shops
  • Opening of priority and essential construction projects
  • Public transport to operate at reduced capacity
  • Curfew for non-workers
  • Re-prioritizing of cash assistance from the social amelioration program to ECQ areas
  • Consider allowing high school and higher education institutes "to finish and give credentials to students"
  • 100 percent opening of businesses engaged in agriculture, fisheries and forestry
  • Food manufacturing and supply chain opening, including ink, packaging and raw materials, food retail, supermarket, restaurant (take out and delivery only), hospitals, logistics, water and energy firms, internet service providers, telecoms and media
  • Recommended to open 50 to 100 percent of other firms in manufacturing, electronics and exports, e-commerce and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair and maintenance services, housing and office services
  • Consider opening up to 50 percent on-site work and 50 percent work-from-home for companies engaged in financial services, BPOs, other non-leisure wholesale and retail trade, and other non-leisure services
  • Consider 100 percent closure of schools and re-opening up to September
  • Limited resumption of construction

Roque said re-evaluation can be done during the extended lockdown period.