ILIGAN CITY —– The local government of Iligan started the implementation of ‘community quarantine’ starting 12:01am on March 16, “to keep Iligan City safe from the emerging illness that may result to a health disaster among the constituents that will have a domino effect to the economy and livelihood of the people.”
The first COVID-19 fatality in Mindanao was admitted first at the Adventist Medical Center here but was later died at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City.
The patient is from Lanao del Sur.
Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia personally declared the ‘community quarantine’ in a press briefing, afternoon on Sunday, despite being on a home quarantine after his travel from Manila last week.
“The community quarantine shall remain in force until lifted by the local chief executive,” the Executive Order Number 29, series of 2020 states.
With the implementation of community quarantine, all passengers on-board public and private vehicles entering Iligan City must present a valid government-issued identification card such as voter’s ID, employees ID, school ID.
They have to register their name, address, contact number and their body temperature will be taken at the checkpoint located at the entry of Iligan City.
Personnel and drivers of delivery vehicles must register including the plate number of their vehicle.
The checkpoints are located in barangays Buruun, Maria Cristina, Dalipuga, Abuno and Mandulog.
Travellers in public or private vehicles passing Iligan City will undergo the same procedure but will be accompanied/monitored by marshals of the Philippine National Police or the Armed Forces of the Philippines or the Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (SCAA) until their vehicles are out of the boundary through the PNP/military checkpoints.
All establishments shall continue their usual business and may exercise flexible schedules all in accordance with the provisions of the executive order except themed-parks, swimming pools, cockpits, bowling lanes, gyms, team sports, movie houses, karaoke and beer houses, amusement places, internet cafes, bingo and e-games and the likes are not allowed to operate.
All patients from other cities or municipalities are required to seek medical intervention at their respective hospital facility.
In addition to this order, biometric system of the employees in the city hall is temporarily suspended.
No lockdown, no Martial Law
The implementing units of the community quarantine order are the PNP, the AFP, the SCAA and the Iligan Task Force on COVID-19 and uniformed personnel will man the checkpoints to be tightened and the curfew hours will continue.
But despite that, the city mayor said there will be no lockdown and there will be no Martial Law in Iligan.
“Lockdown is very far from community quarantine. (In lockdown), no one can get out or no one can come in. If that is the case, we may be free from the virus but we die of hunger,” Regencia explained.