It’s official: Metro Manila will be under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from May 16 until May 31, 2020. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement during a noontime briefing following President Rodrigo Duterte’s address to the nation earlier today.
Under MECQ, limited movement of people is allowed for essential services and work, limited operation of manufacturing and processing plants (50% of workforce) is permitted, and there will be limited transportation for essential goods and services.
Laguna and Cebu City will likewise be under a modified ECQ period as they are considered “high-risk” areas as well. Provinces may appeal their classifications to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) until Wednesday, May 13.
All local governments under MECQ are permitted to classify barangays based on the risk thresholds cited by the IATF for every 100,000 people in the last 30 days: Critical Zones (more than 20 cases), Containment Zones (one to 19 cases), Buffer Zones (no cases but contiguous with localities with cases), and Outside of Buffer Zone (outside the buffer zone with no cases).
The MECQ was not one of the scenarios presented by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to the IATF over the weekend. For reference, the MMC’s scenarios were: Extension of the ECQ, the implementation of a general community quarantine period (GCQ), and a modified GCQ.
“So ano po ang ibig sabihin ng modified? Ang modified po na ECQ is ECQ. Kaya lang, mayroon ilang industriya na bubuksan, hangang singkwenta porsyento, at mayroon pa rin ilang mga zona, mga barangay, o grupo ng mga barangay na mananatili sa ECQ,” Roque explained.
This is a developing story. We’ll have more details as soon as they become available.