MANILA – In areas where the enhanced community quarantines (ECQs) have been lifted, local government units have the discretion to still impose it in smaller areas like towns and barangays.
So said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año Monday (04 May 2020) but he reminded LGUs they need the concurrence of their respective Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) on COVID-19 before enforcing them.
“For Provinces, Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), and Independent Component Cities (ICCs), approval will be from [national] IATF only. Governors may impose, lift, or extend ECQ on component cities or municiplities as long as there is concurrence from Regional IATF,” Año said.
“Mayors may also do the same for barangays as long as there is concurrence from Regional IATF,” the local government chief said.
Without the RIATF concurrence, a declaration of an LGU is invalid Ano said. “National IATF may supersede anytime should circumstances call for it.” (ia/SovereignPH.com)