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Here’s the reaction of VP Leni Robredo about the proposed MGCQ status for the Philippines.

VP LENI ROBRED0 – This is what Vice President Leni Robredo said about the proposed MGCQ status for the entire country amid pandemic and vaccine issues.

MGCQ or the Modified General Community Quarantine is the loosest quarantine status imposed in the country. And it has been proposed previously that the entire country be put under this category as this is one way to help the economy recover faster.

President Duterte
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The Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines or FINEX expressed their support to this stating that amid the raging battle between “the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic” and reviving the Philippine economy, MGCQ is the best way to handle both along with continuing the health measures such as wearing of masks, social distancing, testing, and tracing.

To recall, the National Economic Development Authority appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte last week to shift the country to MGCQ status due to huge economic losses. To recall, authorities and businesses shared a significant decline and losses since the quarantine started last March 2020. Acting NEDA chief Karl Chua also said that this is to address hunger, sickness, job loss, and income loss.

After the proposal, it is now up for President Duterte, as he is now looking to study this, whether to approve this or not for it to be effective as soon as March 1, 2021. However, the country’s Vice President Leni Robredo questioned this proposal.

Accordingly, there’s nothing wrong to shift to MGCQ as long as there’s a basis. But seeing the country’s current status, the transmission remained high and there’s still no vaccine. She added, “So sinasabi natin dahil sa ekonomiya. Pero doon na tayo nagkamali mula umpisa pa eh, di ba?”

As per her, the government must not repeat the same mistake as she believed that what must people be focused on is to control the transmission and the vaccine.

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