Umapela! Leonardia wants city under MGCQ


Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he will appeal for “de-escalation” of the quarantine status of Bacolod City from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the most relaxed form of quarantine.

Leonardia’s appeal follows the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening that Bacolod City and Iloilo City will remain under GCQ until November 30.

The National Capital Region, Batangas Tacloban, Iligan, and Lanao del Sur also remain under GCQ. (

Leonardia said he coursed his appeal through the regional inter-agency task force in Covid-19 headed by Department of Interior and Local Government regional director Juan Jovian Ingeniero.

“Last night, I personally called DILG regional director Jovi Ingeniero, regional IATF chairman, to reiterate our appeal to de-escalate the quarantine status of Bacolod City from GCQ to MGCQ, given the major inroads we’ve made during the last weeks,” the mayor said.

“I also pointed out to him that NIATF chief implementer MGen. Melquiades Feliciano now considers our COVID situation ‘stable’,” he added.