Duterte puts NCR under GCQ from June 1 to 15

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night, May 28, placed Metro Manila under less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15.
Duterte puts NCR under GCQ from June 1 to 15

"NCR will be placed under GCQ starting June 1," Duterte said in a televised meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the Filipino people after presiding over a meeting with several Cabinet Secretaries on COVID-19 concerns at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 28, 2020.

The President announces new quarantine measures to take place after May 31, 2020 as the country braces for the new normal. He also provides new directives on the opening of classes in August 2020 and different modes of learning to explore through blended and distance learning, as well as assistance to the repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and local businesses affected by the pandemic.

President Duterte reiterates the government strict quarantine protocols and urges everyone to follow minimum health standards such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands, wearing of face masks and practicing proper hygiene.

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia recently said all 17 mayors of NCR agreed to ease restrictions in consideration of the economy.

“Nakikita ng mayors natin na kailangan nang tumakbo ng ekonomiya natin. Kailangan natin buksan ang ekonomiya kasi mas maraming mamamatay sa gutom eh,” Garcia said.

Aside from Metro Manila, Davao City, Regions 2, 3,4-A, Pangasinan and Albay will be placed under GCQ.

Update: Mandaue City in Cebu will be under GCQ.

The rest of the country will be put under modified GCQ.

Region Province/City Current Community Quarantine June 1 - 15
NCR Metro Manila MECQ GCQ
Region 1 Pangasinan GCQ GCQ
Region 2 Batanes GCQ GCQ
Region 2 Isabela GCQ GCQ
Region 2 Nueva Vizcaya GCQ GCQ
Region 2 Quirino GCQ GCQ
Region 3 Bataan MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Bulacan MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Nueva Ecija MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Pampanga MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Zambales MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Angeles City MECQ GCQ
Region 3 Tarlac GCQ GCQ
Region 4A Laguna MECQ GCQ
Region 4A Cavite GCQ GCQ
Region 4A Batangas GCQ GCQ
Region 4A Rizal GCQ GCQ
Region 4A Quezon GCQ GCQ
Region 5 Albay GCQ GCQ
Region 11 Davao City GCQ GCQ
Rest of the country GCQ Modified GCQ

Duterte reminded the public to wear face masks in order to control spread of the coronavirus.

The next step would be the transitioning of areas to the “new normal.”

“Alam mo, remember, the COVID microbes are still in the air that you breathe, that you pass on to your fellowmen if you are not ready or willing to wear the mask,” he said.

“This is the protection not for you but for the other guy. That is why the State has every right to control your movement if you pass on a contagion to the other population.”

GCQ vs modified GCQ: What's the difference?

General Community Quarantine
  • Limited movements but government and almost all industries will be allowed to operate up to 75 percent except amusement and those with mass gatherings
  • Limited transport services with social distancing
  • Flexible learning will be allowed but without face-to-face learning
  • Inter-island travel is allowed between two GCQ areas

Under the modified GCQ
  • Movement goes back to normal but mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other health protocols will be enforced
  • All work resumes in private and public sector at full capacity, including local tourism
  • Public transportation now allowed but with enforcement of health protocols
  • All flights resume but with health protocols enforced

As of Thursday, the Philippines has reported 539 new cases bringing the total COVID-19 cases to 15,588. This includes 3,598 recoveries and 921 fatalities.

JUST IN: As of 4PM today, May 28, 2020, the Department of Health reports 539 new cases (PH15410-PH15588) of...
Posted by The Summit Express on Thursday, May 28, 2020

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