By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo reminded the public of the health and safety protocols to be followed should Metro Manila shift to a general community quarantine (GCQ) by June 1.
Robredo, a leader of the opposition, said there should be no room for complacency even with the expected easing of quarantine measures.
“Kung i-lift na po ang MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) ngayong May 31, at mag-GCQ na tayo, hindi po nangangahulugan na ligtas na tayo (If the MECQ will be lifted on May 31, and we will shift to GCQ, it doesn’t mean we are already safe),” she said.
“Ito paulit-ulit nating sinasabi, pero uulitin pa din natin: mag-iingat; hindi po tayo mag-kakampante (I have repeatedly said, but I’ll repeat it again: take care; we should not be complacent),” Robredo said.
The vice president advised people anew to follow health precautions, citing the physical distancing rule, wearing of face masks, and frequent washing of hands to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
“Ito siguro maggagawa tayo ng isang, para instructional video kapag nagbalik na sa opisina, ano iyong mga kailangang gawin (We have to make instructional videos on what we need to do upon returning to the office),” she said.
Robredo issued the reminder as all of the mayors of Metro Manila have agreed “unanimously” to recommend to the national government placing the capital region under GCQ after May 31.
The recommendation to shift to MECQ from ECQ is set to be submitted and approved by the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
The more relaxed GCQ would allow almost all industries to operate up to 75 percent except for establishments considered leisure. Public transportation will be allowed in reduced capacity.
Robredo said the transition to a GCQ should be accompanied by mass testing to allay public fears.
“I think mass testing is important now because even if it’s GCQ, people are afraid. When people are afraid, the businesses and economy are affected. People are afraid to go out because they don’t know the level of infection and contamination,” she said in Filipino.
“So it builds the confidence of the people if they see those who need the test get tested,” Robredo said.