Bakeries, vet clinics, car passenger now allowed in amended GCQ
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/15 April 2020)— Hours into implementing stricter quarantine measures in the province Monday, Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr amended it to allow opening of bakeries and veterinary clinics and to permit one passenger in private cars.
This is a response to the online clamor following last Wednesday's signing of executive order 20.
One of these appeals came from Atty. Richard Lusica, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Bukidnon chapter and Atty. Burt Estrada, IBP governor for Eastern Mindanao.
In a joint letter to the governor, they asked for bakeries and veterinary services to remain open.
EO 20 listed essential establishments allowed to continue operations. These include groceries and markets; delivery services; water-refilling stations; hospitals and pharmacies; banks and money transfer services; gas and LPG stations; and funeral parlors.
The two lawyers also requested for three passengers to be allowed in private cars as the EO barred them from carrying passengers.
Their letter said some spouses of IBP members have to be ferried to their offices, as they do not know how to drive.
Other residents with motorcycles also appealed on social media.
One netizen, May Limena, wrote: “Magtiayon nga same government agency ga-work, one motorcycle only... Ang bana ra kabalo mag drive. Ipa-public utility vehicle ba ang asawa?”
(“How about married couples traveling to work using motorcycle? Since only the husband knows how to the drive, does the wife really have to commute?”)
Though the governor heeded IBP-Bukidnon's requests but only allowed one passenger in cars, he remained firm in the “no-angkas policy” for motorcycles.
Zubiri also suspended public transport but allowed local government units to set a limited number of motorela, tricycles, and multicabs to ferry residents going to work or to buy food.
Local government units were also required to provide free transport to employees.
Bukidnon first implemented the general community quarantine on March 17. Starting Monday, it closed its borders to both residents and non-residents to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The province already logged its first case last Thursday.
Photo: Fortich Street, Malaybalay City's main thoroughfare looks almost empty due to the imposed community quarantine. (Photo by Jun Lana)