BACK TO ECQ. San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran said on Wednesday (May 6, 2020) they wanted their town to revert to enhanced community quarantine for the protection of their residents. He said placing the province’s capital town to general community quarantine resulted in the influx of people from other towns doing business transactions. (PNA photo by Annabel Consuelo J. Petinglay)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Six days after Antique was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), this province’s capital town wanted to revert to an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status.

In an interview Wednesday, San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran said the town’s municipal council during their May 5 session through a resolution requested Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao to declare their town back to ECQ to protect residents from the spread of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19).

“The municipal council is asking that San Jose de Buenavista be returned to ECQ until May 15 only because of the influx of people from other municipalities,” he said.

The resolution with an attached letter of appeal from the mayor was submitted to the office of the governor, Wednesday.

He said since the GCQ was implemented on May 1, there were already numerous people going to San Jose de Buenavista, including those from the Pandan, which to date has already eight confirmed Covid-19 cases, for their transactions.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Antique provincial director Cherryl Tacda, in a phone patch during the Antique Inter-Agency Task Force for Covid-19 press conference Wednesday, said Cadiao would be the one to declare the municipality under the ECQ.

“Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution Number 30, Antique Gov. Cadiao may declare San Jose de Buenavista under the ECQ with the concurrence of the Regional IATF,” Tacda said

Meanwhile, Pandan has recorded the youngest confirmed Covid-19 patient in Western Visayas.
The three-year-old girl is currently admitted at the Angel Salazar General Memorial Hospital in San Jose de Buenavista.

Dr. Leoncio Abiera, Jr. of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said the girl was brought from Pandan to the provincial hospital for treatment of pneumonia with febrile seizure a few days ago.

“The girl was supposed to be for discharge already when her laboratory test was released May 5 by the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao, Iloilo City,” Abiera said. (PNA)