Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

By the Staff

MANILA — Metro Manila is to be downgraded into a less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1, 2020.

So said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday night per its recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The said proposition was confirmed by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in an interview with CNN Philippines’ “The Source” on Thursday, 28 May 2020.

“For Metro Manila, our recommendation is that it undergoes general community quarantine, except for high risk barangays, the so-called critical zones, which will stay under total lockdown,” Secretary Año said.

The Interior chief added that barangays with more than two COVID-19 cases within seven days will be considered high-risk.

However, the final decision Secretary Año said still lies with the President who is set to meet with the IATF and his Cabinet tonight.

For his part, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated that Duterte will announce his decision over the NCR GCQ proposition Thursday night.

Aside from the DILG chief, IATF special adviser in Dr. Tony Leachon also confirmed the recommended shift to GCQ in both Metro Manila and Davao in a radio interview over dzBB.

But Leachon added that Cebu City would remain under modified enhanced community quarantine as it is considered the second epicenter of the COVID-19 virus.

It was also gathered that Metro Manila mayors on Tuesday night voted unanimously to graduate the region from modified enhanced community quarantine to GCQ to alleviate the economic effects of the COVID-induced quarantine.

Under GCQ, several non-essential industries will be allowed to reopen or resume operations in the case of public transport at a reduced capacity to ensure proper social distancing.

Presently, there are now 15,049 COVID-19 cases and a death toll of 904 in the country. (IAmigo/

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