Governors’ group favors placing the entire country under MGCQ

Published February 17, 2021, 4:55 PM

by Chito Chavez

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) announced Wednesday, Feb. 17, that it is amenable to placing the whole countries under the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in March.

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In an interview over GMA News, LPP president and Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. said support the moves to open the economy but at the same time wants the governors to be given the power to impose lockdowns of change in quarantine status if the need arises even without the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

With selected businesses being operational, Velasco has batted for the resumption of the operation of provincial buses in their usual routes saying that the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFB) had given special routes to some public transport.

He added that passenger jeepneys should be fully operational as this would further open up the country’s economy.

The LPP president added that they were not consulted in the past when the IATF issues resolutions which concern them.

“‘Pag lumabas na lang po ang resolusyon doon na lang kami umaakto o doon kami hihingi ng consideration o amendment. Kailangan makita ang lahat ng pananaw ng iba’t ibang mga sektor lalo ang mga local government pati provincial government (When the (IATF) resolution comes out that is the only time we take action or in some instances ask for consideration or amendment. All should be aware of the sentiments of the various sectors, specifically the local government units (LGUs),” Velasco said.

President Duterte approved the recommendation of the IATF to place Metro Manila and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) under GCQ for the whole month of February.

Aside from the two regions, Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City were also placed under GCQ, while the rest of the country was placed under MGCQ.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has supported calls to place the entire country under the MGCQ starting March 1 to reinvigorate the nation’s tattered economy due to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.