Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday clarified that there is still no final decision yet to allow minors to visit malls in Metro Manila.
In an television interview, Año said that Metro Manila mayors are still debating on the matter and have decided to consult the Philippine Pediatric Society and other health experts before deciding on the matter.
“Noong Sunday nga lumabas ‘yung proposal nila. Ang sabi natin, gawin ninyo ang inyong resolution at ordinansa kasi ang mga LGU [local government units] talaga ang mayroong responsibilidad diyan. Sa ngayon nagsasagawa pa sila ng pulong dahil hati kasi ang mayors ng Metro Manila at kailangan isa lang ang stand nila (Their proposal came out last Sunday. What we are saying is the LGUs have the responsibility on this matter. As for now, they need to meet because the Metro Manila mayors are divided on the matter, and they need to have a common stand),” the DILG chief said.
At a press briefing, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said Metro Manila mayors have agreed on Tuesday night to seek expert advise.
Metro Manila will be under general community quarantine until the end of the year, and that means minors must stay at home. SOVEREIGNPH