The Health and safety of Oponganons is Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan’s top priority over the reactivation of economic activities in Lapu-Lapu City.

At the moment the mayor chooses to remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) rather than shift to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

“Sayud ako nga gusto na kaayo kitang mubalik sa normal ug mahibalik na ang kalagsik sa atong ekonomiya apan mas angayan nga mopatigbabaw ang kahimsog ug ang kaluwasan sa mga Oponganon,” Mayor Chan stated in his social media post.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recommended placing the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue, currently under ECQ, to be under GCQ starting May 16, 2020

In response, Mayors Junard “Ahong| Chan, Jonas Cortes, and Edgardo Labella signed last Tuesday, May 12, the “Joint Statement by the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu in relation to the declaration of GCQ”.

The three mayors wish to remain in their present status, of being under ECQ. “Tonight, the Cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have formally appealed to the IATF-EID that to be under the same restriction for the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” their joint statement stated.

“sanglit dili pa kita sigurado kung unsa gyud ang kasamtangang estado sa maong virus,” Mayor Chan added in his post,

He said in his post that the City is still in the middle of conducting strategic rapid testing amidst the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The City started its rapid testing last May 6 and will continue until May 15 Friday. This is to determine the extent of virus infection among asymptomatic residents and to come up with preventive measures and protocols to avoid the possibility of a second wave of infection, the mayor’s post stated.

His post further stated that test, trace and treat is the most effective way to “flatten the curve” in response to the upward direction of positive cases.

We are still in the early stages of testing and tracing, and we maintain our stand from day one that until and unless our constituents are tested, we should not ease the restrictions,” read the mayors’ joint statement.
“We expect that the national IATF-EID will acquiesce to our appeal since we have nothing but the best interest of our people in mind,” according to the joint statement.

The joint statement further stated, ”We just wanted to ensure that it would be safe for our people once we are ready to migrate to general community quarantine.”

“Dili pwede nga ibutang tamong tanan sa peligro because your safety will always be my top priority,” the mayor stated addressing his constituents in his social media post. (Lapu-Lapu City Public Information Office)