Galvez nixes call to place Bacolod under ECQ


Secretary Carlito Galvez, the chief implementer of the national government’s policies on coronavirus disease (Covid-19), opposed the urgent appeal of the Bacolod medical community to place the city under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for two weeks due to community transmissions.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce new community quarantine measures today, July 30.

“Hindi po practical. We do not need more collateral. Our economy is already down,” said Galvez. (

He likewise compared the situation in Bacolod from Metro Manila or Cebu, where there were thousands more Covid-19 cases and more fatalities.

“Hindi pa naman kalala ‘yung Bacolod City na mag-ECQ,” the official added.

Doctors from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental earlier wrote to Duterte, urging him to place Bacolod City under ECQ for at least two weeks, citing the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city.

“We are now the highest in Western Visayas, and there are hundreds of pending results coming in. Some hospitals have declared full Covid-19 capacity. Numerous healthcare workers and frontliners have been admitted or home-quarantined,” according to Dr. Ma. Ivy V. Malata, president of the Philippine Medical Association–Canlaon Medical Society.

Negros Occidental Medical Society president Dr. Robert Puerta also made a similar call during a virtual consultation with city government officials.