In what seems to be reminiscent of Cebu’s pandemic story, Gov. Gwen Garcia assured on Monday that there are no restrictions in Cebu despite the IATF placing the province simultaneously under Alert Levels 1 and 2 status.
“It’s a very confusing list. It’s either they were confused or they just want to confuse, but we will not be part of their confusion,” the governor told reporters at the Capitol on Monday, April 24.
The governor asserted Cebu’s priority is now focused on post-pandemic rebuilding of the economy.
“Cebu Province has moved on, moved forward earlier than all the others. And now, we intend to soar to even greater heights. How do we do this? Not by restricting livelihoods and businesses once again, putting a dent on our economy. We are only trying to recover,” Gov. Gwen told the local media.
Her legal counsels emphasized that Cebu “will not apply” and “will not recognize” this mandate from the IATF, arguing that it’s only recommendatory and not the policy of the state.
IATF earlier issued Resolution No. 6-C series of 2023, recommending to place 26 areas, including majority Cebu province, under Alert Level 2.
Thirteen LGUs in Cebu Island, however, have been placed at Alert Level 1 status. According to the IATF order, areas placed under Alert Level 2 are “mandated” to impose restrictions such as a 50 percent capacity in establishments indoors for fully vaccinated adults and 70 percent capacity outdoors.
Meanwhile, areas under Alert Level 1 are allowed intrazonal and interzonal travel with no restrictions based on age and co-morbidities.
Gov. Gwen asserted that Cebu would no longer go back to “this old practice” as it is now focused on rebuilding the economy.
The LGUs in Cebu placed under Alert Level 1 are the tri-cities of Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-Lapu; as well as Alcoy, Borbon, City of Naga, City of Talisay, Oslob, Pilar, Poro, Santander, and Tudela. The rest are under Alert Level 2. | Carlo Lorenciana