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Moderate-Risk Regions under a GCQ Starting May 16

Regions that are considered moderate risks for the coronavirus transmission will remain under a general community quarantine starting May 16, Malacañang said Tuesday, May 12.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online press briefing, the following region will be placed under GCQ from May 16:


  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Baguio City

Region II

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Santiago City

Region III

  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Angeles City*
  • Olongapo City

Region IV-A

  • Cavite*
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Batangas City
  • Lucena City

Region VII

  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Mandaue City
  • Lapu-Lapu City

Region IX

  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Isabela City

Region XI

  • Davao City*
  • Davao de Oro*
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao Oriental

Region XIII

  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Butuan City

(*Recommendations assuming similar risk classification prevails on May 14, 2020.)

According to DOH Spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Vergeire, monitoring of minimum health standards must be done even in areas under GCQ. Which includes putting up control in workplaces and establishments that will help the public observe physical distancing.

“This is in the phase of mitigation. We have to monitor enforcement of minimum health standards for moderate-risk and we need to have an enabling environment for our settings,” Vergeire explained during the same briefing.

“In workplaces, administrative controls are set in place like alternative working arrangements such as working from home or scheduled work. These are forms of risk controls that we can implement to apply the health standards,” she added.

Under GCQ, businesses may resume partial operations excluding those that are involved in leisure and entertainment.