LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation August 2 on ECQ call

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation on Sunday night, August 2, to discuss the concerns of medical frontliners and their call to revert Mega Manila to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status for at least 2 weeks.

Duterte addresses the nation August 2 on ECQ call
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang. Photo Credit: PCOO

This was confirmed by Senator Bong Go as the president meets the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and Cabinet members tonight.

UPDATEDuterte places Metro Manila, nearby areas under MECQ from August 4-18

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said officials will discuss yesterday’s letter from the frontliners.

LIVESTREAM: President Rodrigo Duterte's address (August 2, 2020)

Kumusta Po Mahal Kong Kababayan? | Talk to the People on COVID-19
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the call of the medical workers for a ‘time-out’ and stricter community quarantine as he talks to the people following his meeting on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in the country where the main agenda centered on the healthcare workers’ concerns.

The President cites government efforts in alleviating the health crisis, additional measures that would provide assistance to the medical community and actions to enhance the country’s healthcare system.

Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Sunday, August 2, 2020

On Saturday, medical groups appealed to the Palace to bring back Mega Manila to stricter ECQ until August 15, citing an overwhelmed healthcare system and “burned out” frontliners.

Mega Manila includes Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA.

Roque shunned the calls of medical professionals and said the strict lockdown in Metro Manila has “served its purpose,” and the government needs to “intensify other strategies.”

Senator Cynthia Villar who had similar response earned criticism online for her remarks but it was clarified on Sunday.

READ: Villar clarifies: Gov't leaders, not frontliners, need to work harder

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) said they are one with the medical societies and the government in its solidarity call for a united, strategic stand on the enormous battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.


To our beloved colleagues and...
Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Saturday, August 1, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte in a taped address on Friday, announced that Metro Manila, Cebu and other areas will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) until August 15, even as the country’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

As of August 2, the nationwide COVID-19 total reached 103,185 after a record-breaking 5,032 new confirmed cases. Most of the cases were logged in NCR and Cavite province, 2,737 and 463, respectively.


As of 4PM today, August 02, 2020, the Department of Health reports the total...
Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Sunday, August 2, 2020

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