Labella insists granular lockdowns effective amid rising COVID cases


Despite the rising cases of Covid-19 in Cebu City, Mayor Edgardo Labella said he preferred imposing granular lockdown than placing the city under general community quarantine (GCQ).

As of January 26, the number of active cases in the city has reached 968.

Labella said he is less inclined to place the city under GCQ even though the cases increased by four times in the past month. (

“I don’t see a compelling reason why we need to go back to GCQ. After all, our MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) is controlled. We still have quarantine passes, we still prevent crowding and big parties, and we are observing protocols,” he explained.

The city also prohibited various activities that are normally allowed in MGCQ areas like cockfighting, mass gathering of more than the 50 percent capacity of venues, and going out without a quarantine pass.

“Granular lockdowns has proven effective. I have instructed Attorney Casas that for any granular lockdown, always provide support so people will not grow hungry,” said Labella.