Sat. May 8th, 2021

Listening to the clamor of the mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR), President Rodrigo Duterte has extended anew the implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) in the NCR or Metro Manila up to the end of December.

Also, Duterte also extended the GCQ in Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan and Davao City also until the end of the year. The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ.

However, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday night that minors may soon be allowed to go to malls but they need to be accompanied by their parents.

Mayors from the localities of the NCR earlier recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to retain the GCQ in the NCR until the end of this year, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said.

Olivarez heads the Metro Manila Council (MMC), which met on Sunday night together with IATF members to determine the NCR’s quarantine restrictions. The MMC is composed of NCR mayors and is also the highest policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

“Pinagpulungan po doon na para maiwasan po natin yung spike o yung tinatawag na wave na susunod, ay atin pong nirekomenda, ng MMC, sa IATF po natin na manatili po ang GCQ until end of the year (We discussed to prevent another spike or wave of coronavirus cases, and we recommend to maintain GCQ until the end of the year), Olivarez said in a radio interview.

Meanwhile, Año’s announcement that minors will be allowed to go to malls followed after the Department of Trade and Industry asked the IATF to permit children 7 years old and above to go to malls. SOVEREIGNPH

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