Stand of Some Metro Manila Mayors on NCR Quarantine Measure
METRO MANILA – Some of the mayors in the National Capital Region spoke their side on the community quarantine measure in NCR.
It has been a year now since the first community quarantine measures in the Philippines was implemented. Currently, restrictions are still as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. Unfortunately, another surge in the cases was recently noted.
Philippines record more than 7,000 new cases of the disease daily for several days now. Previously, the whole National Capital Region (NCR) was under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) following the spike in the cases of coronavirus in the country. ECQ was also implemented in the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite.
When it reached its expiry, the ECQ was extended for another week before it was downgraded to Modified ECQ or MECQ. The said measure is set to expire this week.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, some Metro Manila mayors believe that the MECQ must continue in NCR. Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez expressed that the number of cases in his city has not increased but it is also not decreasing thus “we can’t be complacent”.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian believes that another week or two (2) weeks of MECQ might help flatten the cases of COVID-19. According to the report, for Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro, he wants a “hybrid” MECQ wherein it is for public health standards while the economic activities are under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ). He believes that it can ease the impact of the quarantine qualifications.
The total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines already went beyond the 1-million mark. Currently, there are over 70,000 active cases in the country.
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