Duterte extended the ECQ to NCR and other COVID-19 risk areas to May 15

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte extends the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon and other places at risk for the coronavirus disease to May 15, 2020.


Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced the decision of the president.




Areas also under the ECQ extension include Pangasinan, Tarlac, Region 3, Region 4-A, Benguet, Mindoro Island, Albay, Cataduanes, Batanes in Luzon; Antique, Iloilo, Cebu, Cebu City, Aklan and Capiz in the Visayas region; Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao de Oro in Mindanao.


Meanwhile, in other provinces not included in the ECQ extension will be subject to the ‘quarantine community’ which will observe ‘new normal’ which will also be implemented by May 1.


Moderate-risk areas include: Abra, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Marinduque, Camarines Sur, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Western Samar, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur.


Low-risk areas include Apayao, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Quirino, Aurora, Palawan, Romblon, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Guimaras, Bohol, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Sarangani, Aguasan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Basilan and Sulu.


For areas under General Community Quarantine, the following guidelines shall be observed:

1. Only workers and sectors in Category I, II, and III may continue to work or operate in phases;

2. The general population may go out of their homes only for purposes of accessing basic necessities;

3. In any case, those with ages below 21 years old and those 60 years old and above, as well as those with ages ranging from 21 years old but below 60 years old but reside with persons with co-morbidities or other risk factors, shall remain at home;

4. Non-leisure stores in malls and shopping centers may partially open.

5. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) may continue classes to finish the Academic Year and issue credential to students, in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED);

6. Priority and essential construction projects may resume in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the DPWH;

7. Public transportation may operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the DOTr;

8. Local Government Units (LGUs) shall enforce curfew at night for non-workers; and

9. Airports and seaports may operate insofar as the unhampered movement of goods.


The president’s decision comes after consulting government officials, medical experts, and former Health secretaries on the next possible steps after ECQ ends April 30.



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