NTF chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. endorsed the recommendation to the President citing the upsurge of COVID-19 infections in the province over the past weeks.
Galvez together with the NTF Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team visited Iligan City on Friday, September 4, and called for an executive conference with Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto-Adiong Jr., Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra, Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia, and officials of the local Inter-Agency Task Force from the four areas.
During the conference, the Lanao del Sur-Marawi City IATF has requested for the re-imposition of MECQ in the province and the regulation of returning overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individuals to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Lanao del Sur. A total of 370 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the province as of September 4 with 114 active cases.
Meanwhile, a list of mandatory, permissible, and prohibited actions was issued by Governor Adiong on Monday in line with the imposition of MECQ.
Executive Order (EO) No. 15 series of 2020 restricted the movement of residents within Lanao del Sur as well as the entry and egress of people in the province.
Residents are also required to observe the curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day.
Business establishments are allowed to open except for gyms, fitness studios, personal care services such as massage parlors, sauna, facial care, and waxing. However, they are required to implement a “no face mask, no entry” policy, observe physical distancing, disinfection measures, and other minimum health standards.
Congregation in mosques is allowed but mosque administrators should only allow up to 50 percent capacity and strictly implement health protocols.
EO 50 further prohibits social gatherings such as weddings, dialaga, kandori, sporting events, non-essential work gatherings. Only gatherings for the provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities are allowed provided the prescribed minimum health standards are adhered to.
As to schools and madrasah, only distance learning modalities are allowed at all levels.
For Public Utility Vehicles, they should only carry up to 50 percent of the capacity and require passengers to wear face masks.
As of September 7, Lanao del Sur has logged 384 COVID-19 cases. This includes 73 active cases, 297 recoveries, and 13 deaths.