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Negros Occidental not appealing GCQ status until July 31

The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIATF-EID) has recommended that Negros Occidental remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from July 16 to 31.

The Capitol will not appeal that recommendation, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Wednesday, July 14.

“We have no other option but to comply with the resolution determined by the NIATF,” he said.

“Fortunately for Negros Occidental our classification is still the same. Gov. Bong Lacson already issued an executive order that places the whole of Negros Occidental under GCQ in July so there is no need for a new EO,” he said.

He said if Bacolod is escalated to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine status it will cause a lot of setbacks economically and will disrupt the delivery of basic services.

“So we are hoping that the appeal of Bacolod (to remain under GCQ) will be given due course by the NIATF,” he said.

Diaz said for the good of Negros Occidental it is advantageous that the quarantine status of Bacolod City remains at GCQ, he said.

“We are praying that Bacolod and Negros Occidental will have the same classification,” Diaz added.*

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