Governors are now authorized to impose, lift, or extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in component cities and municipalities, as mayors can in barangays, but with the approval of the regional Inter-Ageny Task Force (IATF).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser today that IATF Resolution No. 29 has been amended, putting IATF as well as local chief executives on top of the ECQ implementation.
Governors are now also authorized to impose, lift, or extend ECQ in their component cities and municipalities with concurrence of the regional counterpart body of IATF.
Roque clarified that IATF still has the authority to enforce ECQ parameters to provinces, highly urbanized cities and independent component cities.
City and municipal mayors have also been granted authority to modify the ECQ implementation as necessary in the barangay level, subject to approval of regional IATF counterpart.
“This is without prejudice to the authority of the IATF to directly impose, lift or extend ECQ in these areas should circumstances call for it,” Roque said.
He said no local government unit can declare community quarantine regardless of the nomenclature without following the process of seeking approval from the regional IATF.