Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Wednesday that Metro Manila may shift to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) in November if the cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to go down.
Olivarez said the people must also continue to observe the minimum health protocols like wearing of facemasks, face shields, and observing the physical distancing.
He said that MGCQ is the least restrictive in the government’s four-tier quarantine classification system, which means more businesses will be allowed to operate but public health measures will remain in effect.
“Palagay ko po hanggang katapusan ng October na ito, matapos natin ang GCQ at hopefully with God’s grace, ito pong dadating na November baka mag-MGCQ na po tayo sa pahintulot ng ating mahal na Presidente,” (I think GCQ will be up to the end of October with God’s grace and this coming November we may shift to MGCQ with the permission of the President.) Olivarez, chairperson of the Metro Manila Council, said during the Laging Handa briefing.
The mayor also said that Metro Manila Mayors would also study the easing of curfew hours.
“Sa susunod po na meeting po namin, iyan po ay isa sa main agenda po natin para mabuksan na po natin ang economy” (In our next meeting, one of our agenda is the easing of curfew hours to open the economy), Olivarez said.