Nueva Ecija revives its border QCPs

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CABANATUAN CITY – Nueva Ecija has reactivated its quarantine control points at its borders to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus within its area, particularly the dreaded Delta variant which is said to be highly transmissible, even as the province remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), which is least restrictive.

The Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force (NEIATF) led by Governor Aurelio Umali unanimously approved Resolution No. 1, series of 2021, via Zoom videoconference on Saturday.

The resolution provides for the reactivation of “border control checkpoints around the province” and uniform implementation of the modified general community quarantine among its component cities and municipalities.

“There is a need for continued implementation of protective measures and restrictions such as the activation of our border control checkpoints,” the resolution said, even as it insists that  national roads and highways “must remain open and travel thereto must remain unhampered.”

The resolution also said “no barricades, of any type, shall be allowed to close any alley, road, street or highway within the territorial jurisdiction of the province.”

It, however, added that all travelers passing through or entering Nueva Ecija as well as local residents who would leave the province for whatever purpose shall be required to present a negative antigen, saliva or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test result taken within the last 72 hours of travel.

The resolution also prescribes that while gatherings of more than 10 people are allowed, those concerned should secure a permit for the assembly in accordance with Executive Order 2021-002.