LGUs can impose ECQ in barangays with approval of RIATF

    Local government units (LGUs) that have lifted their enhanced community quarantines (ECQs) can still enforce this measure in smaller areas.

    Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that LGUs only need the consent of their respective Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) on COVID-19.

    “For Provinces, Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), and Independent Component Cities (ICCs), approval will be from [national] IATF only. Governors may impose, lift, or extend ECQ on component cities or municipalities as long as there is concurrence from Regional IATF,” Año said in a text message to Rappler.

    “Mayors may also do the same for barangays as long as there is concurrence from Regional IATF,” the DILG secretary added.

    If there is no approval from RIATF, the declaration from the LGU will be considered invalid. ” National IATF may supersede anytime should circumstances call for it,” said Año.

    The IATF has rejected several requests to extend the ECQs across their province. The LGUs that it turned down include La Union, Mountain Province, Lanao Del Norte, and Lanao Del Sur.

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