Quarantine status recommendation of Metro Manila mayors not to be disclosed, says MMDA

The quarantine status recommendation of the Metro Manila mayors will not be disclosed to the public, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Sunday night (Aug. 16).

The Metro Manila Council (MMC), composed of the 17 mayors in the metropolis, are discussing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in their areas to determine their quarantine recommendation to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).  

Metro Manila mayors will start their meeting around 8 p.m. Sunday night, MMDA said.

The MMDA  said they will not disclose MMC's recommendation because they "do not want to preempt ."

" will let the IATF announce po. They do not want to preempt the President."

On Saturday (Aug. 15), MMC chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced the meeting of the mayors over a DZMM TeleRadyo interview.

The MMC chairman said he and other Metro Manila mayors  will give priority to the life and health of their constituents, citing their past Council meetings.

"Iyon pong ekonomiya, binabalanse po iyan. Pero ako po personally, buhay muna po bago kabuhayan (We are balancing the economic side. But for me, life first before livelihood)," he said. 

Olivarez also reiterated that the MMC is a recommendatory body and has no final say on the quarantine status.

On Aug. 18, the imposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will end in the National Capital Region (NCR), and the government is soon expected to announce the new quarantine status in NCR and other areas.