- Metro Manila Mayors are recommending the transition from modified enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine on June 1
- MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said there is a need to balance health and economy amid the pand
- While they are ready for GCQ, the mayors said they will respect IATF’s decision
Metro Manila Mayors are unanimously recommending the shift from modified enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine on June 1.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia told One News PH that while the mayors want to ease the quarantine to balance health and economy, they will wait for and follow whatever the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decides.
“There is no such thing as perfect decision here but we need to balance health and economy. Sabi ng mayors, naghihi
kahos na tayong lahat. Even the first-world countries, walang tumagal ng two months ang lockdown,” he said. “It’s a good thing nga, noong nag-MECQ medyo nabalanse but of course limited pa rin ang ating work force.”
In their recommendation, Garcia said the local government chiefs will have the power to put communities or barangays with high number of cases under lockdown.
They are also against the resumption of bus and jeepney operations. “Request ng Mayors na by June 1, ‘wag munang gamitin ang mga bus and jeep dahil mahirap i-control ang physical distancing, except kung point to point. [Kapag] stop and go, ang hirap i-monitor,” he said.
Also, travels using private vehicles will only be allowed when they have at least two passengers.
Garcia also reminded Filipinos that transitioning to GCQ, does not mean that the COVID-19 pandemic is over so they should act like they are asymptomatic carriers so that they can protect others. “I want to remind everyone na even ma-promote sa GCQ there is still community quarantine. Hindi pa ito yung new normal,” he said.