S. Cotabato extends MGCQ, opens tourism sector
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 17 (PIA) — South Cotabato will remain under modified general community quarantine until the end of the month but tourism facilities here are now open for service.
South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. signed Executive Order No. 40 extending the implementation of the MGCQ in the entire province until July 31.
Speaking on behalf of Gov, Tamayo at a press conference Thursday, Executive Assistant Rudy Jimenea said, “The Governor has extended the implementation of the MGCQ with minor modification, that is, the provincial government has now allowed the reopening of tourism sites, including hotels and resorts to 50 percent capacity.”
Section III of EO 40 specifies that the reopening of hotels, resorts and other tourism facilities is “subject to strict observance of minimum health standards and protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Jimenea explained that the extension of MGCQ means that the policies and guidelines indicated in EO 36 signed on June 30 are still in effect.
These include mandatory social and physical distancing, wearing of face masks in public places; mandatory use of alcohol sanitizers or soap dispensers in entrances and exits of establishments, offices, and business establishments; mandatory sanitation and disinfection protocols; mandatory temperature checks at entrances of malls, groceries, business establishments and offices; 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew; us of the South Cotabato Contact Tracing System and others.
Residents below 21 years old and over 59 years old and those with compromised conditions are enjoined to stay at home except those who are allowed under the Revised Omnibus Gudelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.
South Cotabato’s borders with adjacent cities and provinces are open.
Public transport services are allowed within SOCCSKSARGEN Region subject to observance of minimum standard requirements for social distancing, face mask wearing and sanitation of the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases. The number of passengers should always adhere to the guidleines issued by the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Amusement and gaming, cockfighting, gym/fitness studio, entertainment industries (cinemas, disco, karaoke bars, pubs and night clubs), and kid amusement industries are still prohibited.
Jimenea emphasized that easing of restrictions does not mean that the public should let the guards against the coronavirus disease down.
“Again, the primary reason why we are opening up our province is purely for economic reason,” he said, emphasizing further that the danger of COVID-19 infection remains potent, thus adherence to health protocols is still imperative. (DED-PIA XII)