By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo supports the second extension of the enhanced community quarantine in high-risk areas, saying that it gives more time to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, Robredo said President Duterte made a good yet difficult decision to extend the ECQ in the country’s high-risk areas.
Duterte has extended the quarantine period in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and other “high-risk” provinces in Luzon until May 15.
The provinces that will be kept under the ECQ are as follow: Albay, Bataan, Catanduanes, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Rizal, Pampanga, Quezon, Mindoro, Batangas, and Laguna.
The initial enhanced community quarantine was due to end on Thursday, April 30.
“It’s a tough balancing act. I think it really has to be extended in high-risk areas. We were expecting it already,” Robredo said.
“ECQ is not a cure to the virus. It only gives us time to prepare. Hindi dapat sayangin iyong panahon na ito sa preparations (This time should not be wasted for preparations),” she stressed.
The vice president said that learning from the experiences of other coronavirus-hit countries is what makes the Philippines “better equipped” in the battle against COVID-19.
”We are better prepared now than a month ago,” Robredo, a leader of the
Robredo called for transparency and faster distribution of aid for affected families under the social amelioration program while the ECQ is in place.
“It would help everyone that the list [of names] be made public para alam ng tao kung makakakuha siya o hindi at alam ng tao na hindi naman kailangan isisi sa kanyang kapitan o mayor kung bakit siya wala,” she said.
(It would help everyone that the list be made public so the people would know whether or not they would be given and they don’t have to blame their village captain or mayor if they have not received anything.)