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LOOK: Palace issues memo on quarantine extension

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang released today a memorandum on the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by order of the President, signed the memorandum on April 7, 2020.

“Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11469 or the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’, Proclamation Nos. 929 and 922 (s. 2020), upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in its Joint Resolution No. 20 (s. 2020) dated April 6, 2020, the ECQ over the entire Luzon is hereby extended until 11:59 p.m. of April 30, 2020,” the memo read.

Medialdea directed all concerned agencies to continue implementing existing guidelines of the ECQ during the period of extension, without prejudice to this Office’s discretion on the relaxation of the implementation of the ECQ in certain areas, or the grant of exemptions in favor of certain sectors, as public health and food security considerations may warrant.

“Such extension of the ECQ shall be without prejudice to the lifting or modification of existing guidelines, as may be approved by the IATF without need of further approval from this Office. For immediate compliance,” he also said.

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