NCR mayors want GCQ till February

Published January 28, 2021, 9:49 AM

by Noreen Jazul

Metro Manila mayors will recommend extending the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) classification for the National Capital Region (NCR) until February.


Metro Manila Council (MMC) Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said all members of the council have agreed that the NCR should remain under GCQ next month.

“Irerekomenda po natin sa ating IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) na manatili po tayo sa GCQ sa darating na February (We will recommend to the IATF that Metro Manila remain under GCQ for the month of February),” Olivarez told DZMM Teleradyo in an interview Thursday.

Olivarez said the GCQ extension in Metro Manila is a “precaution” against the presence of the United Kingdom COVID-19 variant in the country.

“Kung magluluwag po tayo, napakahirap po na magkaroon ng spike lalong lalo na parating na po ang ating vaccine (If we relax restrictions and it results in a spike, it will be very difficult, especially because the vaccines are being delivered to us),” Olivarez said.

The MMC chairman said granular lockdowns will be imposed in areas where there is a clustering of cases.

Olivarez also said that the MMC decided to keep the age restriction of those allowed outside their homes at 15 to 65 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. agreed with the proposal of the MMC, saying it was a “correct judgement.”