AN ORDER EXTENDING THE EFFECTIVITY OF THE MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MGCQ) IN DAVAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE UNTIL 30 APRIL 2021
WHEREAS, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) global pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization continues to be a very serious threat to public health, which has already affected the lives of the Filipino people and disruption in the economy;
WHEREAS, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has implemented community quarantine restrictions of varying levels nationwide to counter the further spread of the virus in other areas of the country;
WHEREAS, the Office of the President through its Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, declared on 27 February 2021 that Region XI, except Davao City will be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) for the period, March 01-31, 2021;
WHEREAS, pursuant to the above declaration, the Provincial Government issued Executive Order No. 07, series of 2021 (as amended by Executive Order No. 07-A, series of 2021) to place the entire Province under MGCQ, and provide for its policies and guidelines as prescribed under the IATF-EID Omnibus Guidelines;
WHEREAS, Section 16 of the Local Government Code states that every Local Government Unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare;
WHEREAS, while deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in the Province through the National Vaccination Program is ongoing, continued implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases, stop further spread of variants, buy time for the health system to cope, and to protect more lives;
WHEREFORE, to strike a balance between public health and the economy, maintaining the Province under its present quarantine classification is considered reasonable unless otherwise recommended by IATF-EID;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDWIN I. JUBAHIB, Governor of the Province of Davao del Norte, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the following:
Section 1. Declaration. It is hereby declared that the Province of Davao del Norte shall remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until 30 April 2021.
Section 2. Policies and Guidelines. The policies and guidelines as provided under Executive Order No. 07, s. 2021 (as duly amended by Executive Order No. 07-A, s. 2021) shall remain in full force.
Section 3. Penalty Clause. Any violations thereof shall be dealt with under our existing laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
Section 4. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect on 01 April 2021 and shall remain in full force unless revoked or rescinded.
ISSUED this 31st day of March 2021, in Tagum City, Davao del Norte Province, Philippines.
EDWIN I. JUBAHIB