BARMM to be placed under MGCQ on June 1

COTABATO CITY –The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1 until June 15, under the newly released Resolution No. 41 of the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Disease (IATF-EID).
The classification is contrary to an earlier pronouncement by the BARMM spokesperson Naguib Sinarimbo that the region would be placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) starting next month.

“The decision is the direction of the national government for most regions in the Philippines that are not heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Sinarimbo clarified Saturday.

However, Bangsamoro IATF spokesperson Mohammad Asnin Pendatun reminded the region's constituents to strictly continue practicing the minimum health standards such as the wearing of face masks and maintaining safe physical distancing as the fight against the deadly virus is still going on.

“It is still there (Covid-19), it is strong, and we should vigilantly follow all the guidelines,” said Pendatun, also BARMM's cabinet secretary.

Under the MGCQ, Pendatun said residents of the region of all ages are allowed to leave their houses, given they practice minimum health standards.

Under the GQC, persons aged 20 below and 60 up are not allowed to go out, especially citizens with health risks.

Pendatun advised the public to limit movement to essential travels or transactions while under MGCQ.

He said social and religious gatherings such as movie screenings and non-essential work activities are now allowed in MGCQ, but “participants shall be limited to 50 percent of the venue seating capacity.”

In an interview by Radyo Bangsamoro, Sinarimbo said the approval of Islamic religious gatherings will be set by the Regional Darul Ifta’ of BARMM.

As of posting, the Darul Ifta has yet to make an announcement.

Sea, air, and land transportation will also be allowed under the MGCQ with limitations in seating capacity and observation of minimum health standards.

Some airline companies have been given notice about the resumption of flights to the region.

Sinarimbo said the BARMM's Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Employment, and the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), have agreed to deploy a team that will check each arriving passenger, while necessary documentation must be presented for returning overseas Filipino workers.

The agreement also has proper coordination with local government units in the region. (PNA)