UP Visayas (UPV) Professors Maria Elisa Baliao (Sociology), Rhodella Ibabao (Management), Hanny John Mediodia (Economics), Cristabel Parcon (Sociology), Juhn Cris Espia (Political Science), and Vicente Balinas (Statistics) have forwarded their team’s proposed exit plan to the Iloilo City government in anticipation of the eventual lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
At the time of the group’s submission, the ECQ was scheduled to be lifted on 01 May 2020. As of April 24, following the announcement of the Iloilo provincial government to extend the ECQ until May 15, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said the LGU is still studying the prospect of extension. He explained that the city government will consult Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. and the other governors of Panay Island and Guimaras on the matter.
In the proposed post-ECQ plan, a “phased reopening and scaling back” of the city government’s support to the local economy would gradually allow businesses to operate and help mitigate the economic losses brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. This, while maintaining safety protocols against the disease.
A redefined way of life to combat the spread of COVID-19 would have to be the new normal as going back to pre-pandemic activities immediately is not advised. According to Treñas, this involves continuing the practice of physical distancing, wearing of face mask, and frequent hand washing. He has sent copies of the UPV post-ECQ proposal to other sectors for their input.