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Mayors back extension of GCQ in Metro Manila in June

Dwight de Leon
Mayors back extension of GCQ in Metro Manila in June

LOCKDOWN EASED. People troop to malls on August 20, 2020, as Metro Manila reverts to general community quarantine.

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President Rodrigo Duterte will announce the new community quarantine classifications for June on May 31
Mayors back extension of GCQ in Metro Manila in June

Mayors in Metro Manila are in favor of keeping general community quarantine (GCQ) restrictions in June, Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairman and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Monday, May 31.

Olivarez made the statement as the GCQ imposed in Metro Manila is set to expire on the same day.

Ang recommendation ng MMC ay GCQ pa rin, pero may kaunting pagbubukas po nang kaunti ng ating negosyo (The MMC’s recommendation is to retain the GCQ, but to reopen a bit more our businesses),” he said in an interview with Teleradyo.

The Metro Manila Council, composed of 17 mayors in the National Capital Region, regularly comes up with a unified recommendation on community quarantine protocols to the Interagency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which then submits a final proposal for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval.

Malacañang said that new quarantine classifications will be announced later on Monday during Duterte’s meeting with the IATF. 

In the television interview, Olivarez reiterated that the mayors wanted to retain the 10 pm to 4 am curfew in Metro Manila, but also backed a further easing of economic restrictions in the metropolis.

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“Meeting centers, conferences and exhibits will be allowed to reopen at a limited capacity, not 100%,” Olivarez said in Filipino.

Bumababa ang ating cases, pati utilization ng ating healthcare sa hospital ICU, pero hindi pa kailangang tayo ay mag-relax, para totally ma-contain natin ang COVID,” he added.

(Our COVID-19 cases and hospital utilization rates are going down, but we should not relax so that we can finally contain this virus.)

The current GCQ is different from the one in February, as “heightened restrictions” are in place, including lower capacity for certain businesses.

Metro Manila is grappling with over 11,000 active COVID-19 cases as of May 29, according to the Department of Health. – Rappler.com

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.