Monday, June 14, 2021

Mayors want ‘flexible MECQ’ in Metro Manila

MANILA. The Manila City Hall stands beside an almost empty road as the government implements a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 in Manila, Philippines. (AP)

THE Metro Manila Council has recommended a “flexible modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ)” to allow more businesses to reopen while maintaining strict border controls and enforcement of health protocols.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said the council also agreed to adjust curfew hours to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning May 1 from the current 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until April 30.

Abalos said the mayors want to sustain the downtrend in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases while reopening the economy.

“Ang napagkasunduan ng mga alkalde ay parang flexible MECQ...Magdadagdag ka ng mga negosyo na pinagbabawal under MECQ, for example. mga construction or iba pang activity na ililista ng DTI (Department of Trade and Industry),” he said in a television interview.

“Pangalawa ang maganda dito dahil takot tayo sa infection, mame-maintain mo naman ‘yung higpit nung MECQ, ‘yung border control mo, hindi labas pasok ang tao. Importante sa lahat ‘yon,” he added.

Metro Manila as well as the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are under MECQ until April 30. The area, called NCR plus, reverted to enhanced community quarantine from March 29 to April 11 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. earlier said President Rodrigo Duterte might announce the quarantine classifications for May during his public address Wednesday evening, April 28. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)


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