“Ang recommendation sang IATF nga ang syudad ta will be placed under GCQ,” Treñas told members of the media on Monday. He, however, did not disclose the bases of the IATF. Citing the city’s readiness in handling coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, Treñas intends to write a letter of appeal to the IATF. “Nakikita po natin na tumataas ang kaso ng ating mga severe at critical cases at the same time ‘yung mga new cases tumataas din,” he added. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country was at 56,259 on Sunday after the DOH reported 2,124 more infections. The total number includes 1,534 deaths and 16,046 recoveries./PN National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said the shift was due to the observed spike in new cases as well as in severe and critical cases in areas. Galvez, however, said that the final decision will be discussed in their meeting on Tuesday to recommend quarantine classifications to President Duterte. “Nagkaroon po ng pulong ang ating IATF ng dalawang sunod na araw noong Thursday at Friday at napagkasunduan po doon na may mga area po na magi-escalate [ang protocols],” Galvez said. “We are going to make an appeal nga ipabilin lang kita sa MGCQ,” said Treñas, adding he ordered Atty. GV Cuñada of the City Legal Office to make such move. On Monday, the IATF-EID admitted recommending putting some areas under stricter community quarantine protocols. This city, Iloilo province, Capiz, Negros Occidental, and Bacolod City still remain under MGCQ, “moderate risk.” The task force first extended it beginning June 16 to 30. President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement last July 1 to 15 was the second extension. He is expected to announce the new lockdown measures in various areas in the country on Wednesday. BY IME SORNITO AND ADRIAN STEWART CO No less than Mayor Jerry Treñas floated this possibility yesterday, saying he received information that the national government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recommended to tighten community quarantine in the city. According to the mayor, facilities in the city are already in place for the management of COVID-19. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) as of Sunday showed Iloilo City’s confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases at 80 – 43 were locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers and 37 were local or indigenous cases. ILOILO City – This southern city may likely return to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified GCQ after July 15. He cited QualiMed Hospital’s Molecular Laboratory at Atria Park in Mandurriao district, which started performing COVID-19 tests last July 10.