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ECQ or not? Only National IATF can decide – VM

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The National Inter-Agency Task Force — and not any other sector — will have the final say on whether Bacolod will once again be placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

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This was according to Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who also heads the IATF here.

“It is up to the national IATF to decide,” the vice-mayor said.

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The mayor was reacting to calls by the medical, and business communities about putting Bacolod anew under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The business community led by the Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., the Negros Occidental Filipino-Chinese Amity Club, the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Northern Negros Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Southern Negros Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry bucked calls by medical community to put the city under ECQ.

The business community, in a position paper, said while quarantine measures are necessary to reduce risk of infection, it is also necessary to reduce the possible lasting damage to the economy.

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The business sector said the community might not survive another lockdown.

They called instead for strict enforcement of penalties, as well as increase police visibility as well as implement basic health protocols and standards (social distancing, mask wearing, etc).

Familiaran added that the city also has not reached minimum cases required for ECQ.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.
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