Metro Manila mayors are prepared for the respective localities to stay under the general community quarantine (GCQ) or transition to the less restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in February, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
In a press conference on Tuesday, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said Metro Manila mayors are ready for the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to retain the current GCQ status or shift to MGCQ.
What is important, Garcia stressed, is that Metro Manila local government units are also prepared for the roll out of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and prevent the further spread of the virus in the metropolis.
“Sabi nga ng mga mayors natin, mahal natin ang ekonomiya that’s why we’re doing it gradual, unti-unti ang opening. Andito na ‘yong vaccines natin, malapit na, ayaw naman nating magkaroon ng surge tapos nag-aasikaso tayo ng vaccine, napakahirap nyan (As said by the mayors, we should love the economy, that’s why we are doing a gradual reopening. The vaccines are already here, and we don’t want to see a surge of Covid-19 cases. That is very challenging),” Garcia said.He added the IATF is crafting a decision on Metro Manila’s quarantine status, but said he has no authority to divulge details. However, Garcia said the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant in the country was a factor on the issue. SOVEREIGNPH