CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 1 (PIA)--With concerns raised on the ease of movement of minors and holding of events during the holidays, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 said the local government units (LGUs) have the authority to decide on such with enough basis on their area's COVID-19 status.
Based on the recent announcement of DILG Sec. Eduardo Ano, minors from general community quarantine (GCQ) areas will be allowed to go out and shop for the holidays as long as they are accompanied by their parents, DILG-10 Assistant Regional Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 1.
The same goes for the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas, she added.
Also, DILG is still waiting for the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) resolution for the said announcement. Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are still advised to remain in their residences.
As for the activities during the holidays, Ano has mentioned to President Rodrigo Duterte in a meeting, November 30, the measures taken by the department on discouraging the holding of Christmas parties, caroling, karaoke sessions, and other gatherings.
Pursuant to Circular No. 2020-0355, Sunga reiterated the Department of Health's risk mitigation measures. "Let us adhere to the protocols or guidance coming from DOH," she added.
As of December 1, there are a total of 6,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 5,358 have recovered, 194 expired, and 944 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)