Ilonggos urged to strictly implement reverse isolation


Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. urged residents of Iloilo who are visiting or are working in the city to strictly practice reverse isolation upon returning home.

Sixty-five percent of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases recorded in various towns could be traced to those who came back from the city, said Defensor, citing the latest data from the Provincial Health Office.

He also expressed alarm over the 13 infections in Guimbal town which originated from a fiesta visit of an infected woman from Iloilo City. (

Imposing inter-zonal restrictions is not viable because “the economies of the city and province of Iloilo are dependent on each other,” according to him.

He added that “60 percent of the human resource in the city comes from the province.”

For stricter reverse isolation, Defensor issued Executive Order 183-C amending his previous orders for such.

He encouraged individuals from areas in Iloilo City considered as high-risk to Covid-19 exposure to practice the “3M Strategy” (Mag Maskara (wear mask), Mag Distancia (observe physical distancing) kag Manghinaw (wash hands) once they are home in any of the 42 towns or the component city of Passi.

Reverse isolation should be observed by those who have had a prolonged stay in hospitals, health facilities or workplaces in Iloilo City since Covid-19 transmission appeared to be more pronounced in these areas.

Defensor also encouraged the use of separate utensils and other personal belongings to reduce the risk of transmission.