The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, April 29, 2021, approved the final list of community quarantine classification.
Abra and Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; the City of Santiago and Quirino Province in Region 2; the National Capital Region; Bulacan; and Cavite, Laguna, Rizal in Region IV-A shall be placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) classification from May 1 until May 14, 2021.
Meanwhile, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province in CAR; Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Puerto Princesa City for Luzon; Tacloban City for the Visayas; and Iligan City, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur for Mindanao shall be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from May 1-31, 2021.
All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) for the month of May.
The IATF likewise directed the improved implementation of engineering and administrative controls, especially ventilation standards and actions against crowdings and gatherings in all areas.
Health promotion and strict enforcement of minimum public health standards in all areas, especially their uniform implementation in high-risk areas, must continue. These areas include the healthcare settings, wet markets, supermarkets, government offices, workplaces, and at home, among others.
The IATF also directed the implementation of localized community quarantine and the ramping up of identified quarantine facilities in priority / critical areas with community transmission.
There must also be immediate facility-based isolation of all returning citizens, suspect and probable cases, and the isolation of persons exhibiting symptoms and those awaiting for their test results.
All areas must likewise continue their improved distribution of personal protective equipment and waste management.
In addition, the IATF resolved the continuous health education on COVID-19 transmissions; the scaling up of local health systems capacity, especially for community isolation and critical care; and the submission of complete and accurate data through COVID-Kaya and the DOH DataCollect. ###