Labella OK with Cebu to remain under MGCQ until yearend


Mayor Edgardo Labella agrees with the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH)-7 to keep Cebu City under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until December.

“For me, as long as the virus is in our midst, here in the city and the rest of the world, we should still have quarantine restrictions, so I agree,” Labella said in the vernacular.

DOH-7 Director Jaime Bernadas and chief pathologist Mary Jean Loreche said that even with the downward trend in the number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases, it would be best for Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas to remain under MGCQ for the rest of the year until such time residents will observe health protocols fully. (

Labella cited the “ningas kugon” attitude of Filipinos, which refers to the eventual fading away of enthusiasm in doing things – in this case, in observing health protocols against Covid-19.

“Many have become compliant but, you know, ningas kugon… like what happened before when we loosened restrictions and the number of cases went up again. So we are always reminding our people, this is everybody’s battle, everybody’s concern, not just the government’s. All of us should not be complacent,” the mayor said.

He pointed out that as long as quarantine restrictions remain, the general rule is to stay home unless there is something important or necessary to do outside.

As of Monday, Cebu City has recorded a total of 10,135 confirmed cases of which 9,109 have recovered and 676 have died.