Metro Manila mayors favor shift to GCQ by June 1

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila mayors have agreed to shift to less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

Metro Manila mayors favor shift to GCQ by June 1
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Official Facebook page.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said Tuesday evening, May 26, that 17 mayors of the national capital region are recommending to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) 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.

Garcia added they would wait for the decision of the IATF whether to extend or downgrade the currently imposed modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the metropolis.

"But still, we will wait for the decision of IATF and everyone also, unanimously approved... Tutal marami na lumabas na rin sa media na papunta tayo sa gcq kaya so that's why nag prepare na kami sa GCQ," he added.

If GCQ proposal in Metro Manila will be approved by the IATF, mass transportation will still be limited as they want the buses and jeeps not to operate for two more weeks.

SEE ALSO: Revised IATF guidelines now allow full ops of some businesses

The IATF decision, with the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte are expected to come out Wednesday.

READ: Duterte, IATF may decide on ECQ, MECQ fate on May 27

— The Summit Express

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