Labella to appeal ECQ status


Mayor Edgardo Labella said the city has to abide by the national government’s decision placing Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until June 30.

But, Labella said that he appeal for reconsideration.

He will ask that the city remain under general community quarantine (GCQ), the mayor also said. (

“But if they still see that ECQ is best for our beloved city, as a public servant, I will humbly accept the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force and the President,” he added.

Labella still believes that a GCQ is justified.

“The data I see do not warrant restrictions set forth by an enhanced community quarantine,” he said.

As of June 15, the total number of coronavirus cases in the city is 3,613, with 1,716 of them active cases. The total number of recoveries is 1,874 or 52 percent, while the total number of deaths is 39 or 1 percent.

While the city is working on its appeal, Labella assured to fast-track hospital capacity to accommodate more patients. He is also advocating for more testing laboratories to hasten their discharge.