Cebu to appeal extension of GCQ status


Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to lift the province’s general community quarantine (GCQ) status.

The IATF has placed the whole of Region 7 under GCQ, which essentially extended the classification of the province, as well as Lapu-Lapu City, which took effect on May 20.

“We should move on to the next level or even beyond that because we are ready for that,” Garcia said during a recent consultative meeting with mayors of the province.

The governor added that transitioning to modified GCQ will help the province’s economy get back on its feet because leisure and tourism activities, albeit with limitations, are allowed under MGCQ. (

Garcia said she has already spoken with the regional IATF about the appeal.

“I have already talked to the co-chair of our regional IATF, both Dr. Bernadas and PD Lucero, that we will appeal because this is not what the province intends to do,” according to her.

Bernadas is chief of the Department of Health – 7 while Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero is provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Region 7.