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All quiet in Bangued during first day of GCQ

PREPPING FOR GCQ. Abra Gov. Joy Bernos speaks up during the Provincial Anti Covid-19 Task Force Executive meeting last January 31 to plot out guidelines for the month-long general community quarantine that will be declared in Abra and the region starting February 1 until 28. Berons signed Executive Order JN – 05 after wherein a GCQ/pink pass is required from each household to use in purchasing needs at the town center, liquor curfew, 50 percent dine-in in restaurants, 50 percent capacity for jeepneys and one for tricycles as well as disallowing kids 15 years old and younger and people 65 years and older from going out. Phot from Abra Province Facebook Page

Roads are clear and a few people are roaming around, the Abra Province Facebook page described the capital town of Bangued during its first day of a general community quarantine.

“Nawaya ti kalsada, ken awan unay ti adu a tao ken lugan. Sadiay tiendaan ken kadagiti dadduma a pay a business establishment, saan a mapauneg dagiti makitienda nu awan ti GCQ pass ken suot a face mask ken face shield (The roads are free, there are a few people and vehicles. In the market and other business establishments, market goers are not allowed if they do not have a GCQ pass and no face mask or face shield),” it added.

This was the scenario in the capital town of Bangued during the first day of the province, and expectedly in other provinces of the region, under another GCQ.

Measures had been set up by the provincial government and the Provincial Anti Covid-19 Task Force Committee during its meeting Sunday, January 31, to provide guidelines to Abra folks.

Abra Gov. Joy Bernos in said meeting also signed Executive Order JN-05 that provided guidelines in the province until the end of the month including the issuance of a pink pass or GCQ Pass for those allowed to go out of their residences.

The provincial GCQ guideline also forbid children 15 years old and below and 65 years old and above residents from going out of their houses; buying and selling liquor is not allowed from 9 PM until 4 AM the following day; a 50 percent dine-in capacity for food establishments; and, a 50 percent capacity for transport jeepneys and one passenger for tricycles and a “no passenger” policy has been adopted for motorcycles.

In said EO, Bernos asked “the unity of the citizens to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Abra.”

Bernos has also suspended the issuance of travel pass for the duration of the GCQ unless one is in need of medical service but then a medical pass must be procured from the Municipal Health Office.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Bangued has come out with a schedule of barangays for its residents to purchase what they need from town proper.

The neighboring towns have also a schedule to follow from entering the capital town with Mondays reserved for residents of La Paz, Penarrubia, Pilar, Boliney and Tubo.

On Tuesday, residents from the towns of Tayum, San Quintin, Lacub, Licuan-Baay and Lagalingalang. Wednesday is reserved for those coming from Danglas, Pidigan, Bucay, Sal-salapadan and Langiden, while Thursday are for those coming from Manabo, Tineg, Daguioman, San Isidro and San Juan.

Friday is slated for pink pass holders from Villaviciosa, Malibcong, Luba, Dolores, Lagayan and Bucloc.

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