Lifting of ECQ will be based on health concerns, not business, says DTI

Published April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul

The major basis for the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine will be based on health—and not business—parameters, the chief of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALBERT ALCAIN/PPD / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALBERT ALCAIN/PPD / MANILA BULLETIN)

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez told DZMM on Friday that the decision to lift the ECQ will depend on the COVID-19 incidence in the country, whether it improves or not.

“Kung ano man ‘yung desisyon na ‘yon (Whatever the decision may be), assuming it will be a lifting or partial lifting, what we can see is a new norm,” Lopez said.

“Kahit i-lift natin ‘to[ng ECQ], maaaring tao parin ang takot lumabas (Even if we lift the ECQ, a lot of people might still be afraid to go outside their homes),” he added.

Lopez said the InterAgency Task Force is already discussing the parameters for the lifting or extension of the ECQ.

The DTI chief meanwhile said the government is also eyeing to open other businesses so that people can have a livelihood again.

“It’s not about business. It’s really providing yung sweldo at yung kapakanan ng mga workers so ‘yun po ‘yung binabalanse po natin (It’s not about business. It’s really [about] the general welfare of workers, providing them with a source of income. That’s what we’re trying to balance),” Lopez said.

 
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