Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said it is the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, not the military, that is at the forefront of government action against coronavirus in Cebu.
"Hindi naman talaga military ang approach kasi it is led by the IATF
. . . Kasama lang ang security forces dito, kasi ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)," Año said in a Teleradyo interview.
"Anywhere you look even in other countries . . . Kasama talaga ang security forces dito."
Año said the visibility of security personnel only made it appear that the military was leading the campaign.
"From the words 'extreme community quarantine,' even if you read the definition, No. 1 talaga ang visibility ng uniformed personnel. It is only through proper compliance para mai-stop ang spread ng COVID virus," he said.
He added that Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, tasked by President Duterte to address the situation in Cebu, is assisted by Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega.
"This is a health issue at ang nangunguna talaga dito ay ang DOH," Año said.
Meanwhile, the DILG secretary said among the factors that has caused the surge of COVID-19 in Cebu was the mishandling of positive cases.
" 'Yung mga positive naka-home quarantine lang. Alam mo naman kapag naka-home quarantine 'yan, maraming violation at hindi naipapatupad nang maayos," he said. "Dapat i-extract mo ang lahat ng positive at ilagay sa quarantine area."
He also blamed politics and residents' disregard for safety protocols for the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
"May mga politics involved, hindi nagkakasundo sundo. Nagkaroon sila ng priority sana na buksan ang economy pero in the end dumami ang movement at dumami 'yung contamination," he said.
"At nakita natin na hindi talaga sumusunod, hindi nagsusuot ng mask at hindi nagfi-physical distancing."