Metro Manila’s classification has stayed under the general community quarantine umbrella, albeit some measures will be eased.

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF) recommendation, which was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, the quarantine classification in Metro Manila will be downgraded from ‘heightened restrictions’ to ‘some restrictions.’

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque informed that these changes will take effect on June 16 and will last until June 30th. 

Apart from Metro Manila, Bulacan will also be placed under a similar quarantine category.

Meanwhile, other areas included in the NCR Plus will be placed under GCQ with ‘heightened restrictions,’ specifically Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite. This is the first time that regions inside the zone were given different classifications since they were grouped three months ago.

Other areas that will be placed under regular GCQ include:

  • Baguio City
  • Kalinga 
  • Mountain Province,
  • Abra 
  • Benguet 
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  •  Quirino
  • Batangas
  • Quezon 
  • Iligan City
  • Davao del Norte
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato 
  • South Cotabato
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Cotabato City

Areas that will be placed under MECQ include: 

  • City of Santiago
  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Ifugao
  • Bataan
  • Lucena City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Naga City
  • Iloilo City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur in CARAGA

In his announcement, Roque also shared that the country’s travel restrictions for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Oman will be extended until the end of the month to prevent the entry of new COVID-19 variants.

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