MANILA – Believing that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) greatly helped in arresting the spread of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), the government on Sunday said it is studying on imposing a 15-day lockdown extension.
According to Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., who also serves chief implementer of the national policy against Covid-19, the lockdown imposed on the island greatly slowed the increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
Confirmed cases nationwide of the virus stand at 3,094 with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries.
“Maganda po ang nagawa ng lockdown. Na-slow down…ang spread ng virus (The lockdown has been really helpful. It slowed down the spread of the virus),” Galvez said in an interview.
“With that, nakita namin na malaki ang possibility na magkakaroon ng lockdown ng 15 more days (We see that there is a big possibility that we will have a 15-day lockdown extension)” he added.
The former AFP chief of staff also stressed that before the government implements the proposed 15-day extension, they need to consider various factors before deciding with finality on whether to lift or extend the quarantine.
A community quarantine was initially imposed in Metro Manila on March 13 before President Duterte declared an ECQ on March 16 in an effort to stem the spread of Covid-19.
For his part, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, who also acts as head and spokesman of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said they also need a thorough evaluation first before the government decides on lifting or extending the lockdown, which is set to end on April 12.
VP Leni Robredo supports ECQ extension
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday she favors and will support should an ECQ extension will be implemented but she underscored that it is “crucial” for the government to explain to the people why it is necessary and that assistance should be expedited.
“Information at pag-asikaso ng pangangailangan nila ay napakahalaga,” she said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel.
An extension of the ECQ the Vice President said, would further flatten the curve on cases.
“Pero crucial para mag-cooperate ang mga tao, crucial na naiintindihan nila kung bakit kailangan gawin. Kung hindi nila naiintindihan bakit kailangan gawin, ‘yung resistance nandyan,” she said.
Robredo also added she believes that the local government units instead of the Department of Social Welfare and Development would know better about the processing the national government’s social amelioration program.
“Ako naniniwala ako na ang LGU ang dapat gumagawa nito. Ang LGU yung may sense kung ano talaga ang nangyayari on the ground, LGU ang nakakaalam ng landscape,” she said.
“Maglagay na lang ng maraming safety nets para naiiwasan yung kinatatakutan na korupsyon, Pero kung dahil sa takot sa korupsyon, hindi ito makarating on time sa mga tao, I think yun ang bigger problem,” she added. (ia/sovereignph.com)