Iloilo City Gov to appeal for lower quarantine classification: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, said that the local government will be appealing for a lower quarantine classification to the National Inter Agency Task Force. It may be recalled that the appeal was not accepted as the metro, together with the province, was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. Read: Vaccine in Iloilo City (Live Updates)
“While the cases of Iloilo City are starting to go down, the parameters being looked upon by the IATF are still high. Our COVID beds and ICU beds utilization rates are still high since patients coming from Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo province and Guimaras are being brought to our hospitals for treatment. Cases continue to go up in these provinces,” begins Treñas.
“On behalf of the city, I will again make my appeal to the IATF to lower our quarantine classification. We are doing very well in contact tracing. We have the highest RT-PCR tests in the region. We place on lockdown houses where there are many positive cases. We have a lot of quarantine facilities for positive patients. We need the National IATF to understand that we are a regional center. If the city is on lockdown again, so many are out of jobs,” he continues.
As of date, 13,940 individuals have been inoculated.
“The 1,000 per person that will be given by the government through DSWD will help, but unfortunately, it will not be enough. Many are already complaining to me that they are hungry and they can no longer feed their families. I will appeal on a lower quarantine classification to the National IATF, but my beloved Ilonggos it is the National IATF that will finally decide. Let us pray to our God that he will not leave us in these most difficult times,” he concludes. Related: DSWD to Give Cash Aid to ECQ Affected Families, Individuals