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MGCQ UPDATE! | Executive Order No. 38

Executive Order No. 38 issued by the provincial governor re-extends the period of Modified General Community Quarantine in the City of Tacurong and whole Province of Sultan Kudarat from July 1-15, 2020. (Most of the guidelines in the previous EO 37 are still being enforced.)

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

📌Senior citizens, minors, pregnant women, and individuals with severe underlying medical conditions are still NOT ALLOWED outside their residence unless the travel is essential.

📌The following establishments are still NOT ALLOWED to operate: recreation & sports facilities, cockpits, movie houses, billiard halls, internet cafes, bars & beerhouses, sauna baths & massage parlors, fitness gyms, and other entertainment & amusement sites.

📌Establishments that are allowed to open must operate at 50% operational capacity.

📌No ID, No Entry Policy upon entering Tacurong City and any town in the province of Sultan Kudarat is still in effect. Uniformed personnel are still present at check points to monitor entry and exit of individuals and vehicles.

📌Transport coding or odd-even scheme for tricycles plying as public transport is still being implemented.

📌Public transport and private vehicles must maintain reduced passenger capacity. Vehicles for public transport from outside Sultan Kudarat may be allowed entry provided it is from point to point or terminal to terminal. They can drop passengers along the way but picking up passengers is prohibited.

📌VEHICLES BEARING FOOD STICKERS OR FOOD PASSES ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT THEIR BUSINESS PERMITS AT THE CHECK POINTS.

📌Wearing of face masks is still mandatory.

📌Physical distancing & other health protocols must still be strictly observed.

📌Protocols in receiving locally stranded individuals and returning OFWs are in place. Isolation facilities of LGUs must be strengthened by providing enough manpower for their operations. The LDRRM OFFICER WILL SERVE AS SUPERVISING OFFICIAL OF ISOLATION FACILITIES.

📌Contact tracing is still being strengthened. PUROK PRESIDENTS ARE INCLUDED AS MEMBERS OF BHERTS. Establishments are mandated to require their customers to record in a logbook their names, contact numbers, and other details.

📌Curfew hours: 9:00PM-4:00AM.

📌LIQUOR BAN IS LIFTED.

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Restaurant operators in Tacurong City brace for ‘new normal’

As the local economy slowly eases its way into the so-called ‘new normal’, the restaurant business in Tacurong City is another essential sector that needs to adopt health and safety protocols required in its operations.

Seventy-four owners and operators of the food industry based in Tacurong City attended today the orientation on the guidelines governing the operation of restaurants under the new normal set by the Department of Tourism as stated in Memorandum Circular 2020-004.

Under Modified General Community Quarantine, restaurants are allowed to operate but should only accommodate customers based on their 50 per cent area capacity.

Tourism Operations Officer Emelie Jamorabon discussed the salient provisions of the Memo Circular under thecnew normal, which includes changes in the configuration or physical set-up of restaurants such as tables and chairs arrangement, putting up of signage on hygiene protocol, and the number of customers allowed to enter at a time.

The government defines new normal as ‘emerging behaviors, situation, and minimum public health standards that will be institutionalized in routine practices and remain even after pandemic while the disease is not totally eradicated through means such as widespread immunization’.

Discussed also the the orientation were the hygiene protocols for employees such as: wearing of food safety apparel, frequent handwashing, non-contact with ready-to-eat foods with bare hands, and observance of physical distancing.

On the other hand, aside from handwashing and temperature check at the entrance, customers need to step on the foot bath, observe physical distancing at all time, and wear face masks when entering establishments.

Customers are also required to fill out Health Declaration Forms that will be used for contact tracing.

Meanwhile, Task Force Social Distancing member Roger Cerbo informed the attendees that the task force will be strict in implementing the guidelines.

“Just like what we are doing with non-food establishments, we will see to it that restaurants and other food establishments also comply with the health protocols”, he said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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MGCQ extended in Tacurong; odd-even scheme for tricycles-for-hire reinstated

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As Tacurong City braces for extension of Modified General Community Quarantine in the next fifteen days, drivers need to make another adjustment as odd-even number coding scheme is reimplemented in the city.

The provincial government has already issued Executive Order Number 37 placing the entire Sultan Kudarat under MGCQ until June 30, 2020.

There are few changes in the guidelines of the EO and one of these is bringing back the implementation of the odd-even scheme for tricycle operating as public transports.

The reimplementation of the odd-even scheme was earlier proposed by Tacurong City Task Force to the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force after consulting with drivers and operators.

In a dialogue with tricycle operators and drivers association (TODA) in Tacurong, many drivers reported that the odd-even scheme appeared to have benefited them in terms of increase in daily income as compared to the traditional system they were adopting.

Benito Biala is one of the many drivers favorable with the reinstatement of the odd-even scheme saying that aside from the increase in their daily income, flow of traffic within the city’s business district is dramatically eased.

“Bangud sa odd-even scheme, mas may panahon pa kami nga makapahuway kag makaupod ang amon pamilya,” Biala said.

Control numbers of tricycles-for-hire will still serve as the reference for the scheme.

Tricycles with control plates ending in odd numbers will be allowed to ply their routes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while those ending in even numbers will only travel on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Odd-even scheme is lifted on Sundays, meaning all tricycles-for-hire are allowed to go out.

Meanwhile, Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla appeals for the continued cooperation of the public to all guidelines and protocols being implemented in the city’s fight against COVID-19.

“Kabay pa nga labaan pa gid naton ang aton pasensiya agud mas mangin madasig ang pag-adjust naton sa idalum sang ‘new normal’ environment,” the mayor said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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