Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, also the National Task Force against Covid-19 chief, said there is no such plan to place Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) beginning Saturday night.
“It has come to the attention of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force against Covid-19 (NTF Covid-19) that rumors are spreading that Metro Manila will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting tonight, 19 December 2020. This is not true,” Lorenzana said in a press statement released to the media on Saturday night.
However, a national daily reported that the National Capital Region Police Office has ordered police district directors in Metro Manila to implement a “covert MECQ” in the metropolis.
The document for that states that PNP district offices in Metro Manila “are required to submit an after activity report with photos regarding the violations of the minimum health protocols in malls and other public areas/vital installations as prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force.”
But Lorenzana said that as earlier stated by President Rodrigo Duterte, Metro Manila will remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of the year.
“Neither the IATF nor the mayors of Metro Manila recommended any shift in the quarantine status in this period,” he added.
Lorenzana also appealed to the public to observe health protocols to avoid the further spread of Covid-19. SOVEREIGNPH