Cebu City may revert to GCQ next week – Cimatu


Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is optimistic that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City may finally be downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) by July 16.

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Cimatu mid-June to oversee the situation in Cebu City following an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases there.

But just the same, the secretary said the sequential lockdowns will have to be maintained. (

“I’m very optimistic that the ECQ will be downgraded to GCQ by July 16. We just have to cooperate here in the city para di na madagdagan ang rate of growth of infection dito sa Cebu City,” he said in a virtual press conference yesterday.

The Department of Health earlier identified Cebu City, Cebu province, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City as among the top 6 hot spots of Covid-19 in the country, along with Quezon City and Manila.

But Cimatu said there are certain parameters that the Inter-Agency Task Force and health experts will look into in determining whether an area is qualified for GCQ status.

“It’s not only a matter of number of cases. Maraming parameters pa na ginagamit,” he added.