MMC: Resolution on lifting, extending Metro Manila ECQ to be passed soon

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by Drei Laurel | May 8, 2020
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It looks like we’ll find out this weekend whether or not the Metro Manila Council (MMC) thinks the National Capital Region’s (NCR) enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should be extended past May 15, 2020.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, MMC chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the council will be convening on Saturday, May 9, to decide the fate of Metro Manila’s ECQ, explaining that the main agenda for the meeting “is to have one decision among the mayors regarding a recommendation for extending or lifting this ECQ this coming May 16.”

Olivarez added that one of the major factors in the MMC’s decision will be the National Capital Region’s capacity for mass testing: “Alam naman po natin we expanded our mass testing all over the National Capital Region para malaman po natin kung sino po yung mga positive ng COVID-19, so that we could isolate each and every one doon po sa community.”

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According to the mayor, all members of the MMC plan to come to a single unilateral decision on whether or not to extend the ECQ and shift into general community quarantine (GCQ), as all the cities within the NCR are interconnected.

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Ang [mga] city ng Metro Manila [are] interconnected. So kung meron mga ECQ and GCQ, hindi rin po mase-serve yung purpose natin to solve yun pong paglabas ng mga tao para maiwasan po natin yung ating pong paglaki ng COVID-19,” he said.

Kaya nga po that is the main reason we’re convening tomorrow, para po magkaroon ng isang stand lang po ang 16 cities and one municipality regarding the extension and lifting of this ECQ.”

Olivarez ended the interview by saying the public can expect the MMC to pass a resolution right after the meeting.

So, do you think it’s safe for the MMC to lift Metro Manila’s ECQ, or can we do with another couple of weeks of it? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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