Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

By the Staff

MANILA – The Metro Manila Council has presented three recommendations to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) on what direction it would take with regards to the enhanced community quarantine.

This was announced by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia following an online press briefing Saturday, adding that the mayors “unanimously” voted for three recommendations during the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting.

Composed of the 17 Metro Manila mayors and different national agencies, the MMC is the governing and policy-making body of the MMDA.

According to Garcia, the Metro council has recommended three different scenarios to the IATF-EID:

1. Extension of the ECQ for two more weeks, from May 16-30.

2. ECQ will be lifted, and general community quarantine (GCQ) will be imposed in the entire Metro Manila, and

3. Modified GCQ, where LGUs are allowed to impose a lockdown on a specific barangay or zone if needed.

“There is no perfect solution we have to balance economic and health issues,” Garcia said on MMC’s recommendations.

“Ipe-present [lang] namin because hindi naman MMC ang magde-decide for that eh (We’re just presenting because the MMC won’t decide for that),” he said.

“Recommendatory lang kami. Ang maganda lang, maririnig yung boses ng nasa ground. Kasi ang mga mayors, sila talaga ang may kabisado dyan eh, kung ano yung nangyayari sa ground,” Garcia stressed.

“Whatever will be approved by the IATF on MMC’s recommendations, the council will respect it,” Garcia said.

For her part, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said: “wala pong naging unanimous decision only unanimous suggestions.”

Metro Manila is considered as the epicenter of coronavirus cases and it has been under ECQ since March 15, 2020. (ia/

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