Mayors recommend another 15-day ECQ extension in Metro Manila

Mayors recommend another 15-day ECQ extension in Metro Manila

- The Metro Manila Council eyes another 15-day extension of the enhanced community quarantine over Metro Manila

- MMC chairman & Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that it would be necessary for a possible “second wave” of COVID-19

- However, Olivarez clarified that it is just a recommendation that will be formalized through a resolution

- The final decision of the ECQ will be up to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease

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The Metro Manila Council wants to push another 15-day extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 crisis.

KAMI learned that the council recommends the extension as it may be necessary for a possible “second wave” of coronavirus disease cases in the country.

In an interview on Unang Balita, Metro Manila Council chairman and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that the recommendation will be formalized through a resolution during their meeting on Saturday.

"Most likely yun ang tinitignan natin, yung magkaroon ng another 15 days extension," he said.

"Tulad sa amin sa Paranaque, meron kaming mga residente na nagtatrabaho sa Makati. Kung ang Makati ay GCQ (general community quarantine), kami ay ECQ, pano sila makakalagpas papunta dun sa boundary namin?" he added.

However, the council’s chairman reiterated that the final decision will still be coming from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“Ang nagdi-decide ay IATF. Ang Metro Manila Council ay recommendatory lang po," Olivarez said.

As reported by the Philippine Star (authored by Ralph Edwin Villanueva), Olivarez said that there would be no “hard lockdown” for Parañaque.

“[Hard lockdown] is not the proper solution to the pandemic as long as the patient is still staying in the area,” he said.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte hinted that the Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine after May 15.

As of posting time, there are 10,343 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. Meanwhile, about 1,618 of the patients have recovered.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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