Imee: Placing entire country under MGCQ is dangerous

Published February 22, 2021, 1:15 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Imee R. Marcos on Monday warned  that a shotgun declaration of shifting the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to the less strict Modified General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over the country next month is ‘’dangerous.’’


‘’While we are keen to open our seriously damaged economy, the reality is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution,’’ Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate economic affairs, said.

‘’Let’s establish parameters for opening up our communities – infection rates, local healthcare and quarantine capacities, present transport and mobility, and other vital assessment numbers,’’ Marcos pointed out.

‘’We should endow LGUs (local government units) with a full range of powers, plus adequate support and materiel to respond swiftly and effectively to {coronavirus disease (Covid-19) –  whether to retain certain highly infected zones under stricter lockdowns, or to revert to GCQ if a more open MGCQ results in an uptick in infection,’’ she stressed.

‘’Aralin natin maigi at lagyan ng kongkretong batayan pag nagdesisyon, huwag pabigla-biglang lundag sa pangkalahatang MGCQ. Nakakanerbyos, po! (We should study it carefully and put concrete basis when we decide. Don’t leapfrog into a very wide MGCQ. It is scary),’’ she added.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) wanted to further open the economy to MGCQ for the entire country and stated that the plan is backed by the pandemic task force.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) mayors, by a vote of 9-8, agreed to recommend to the national government that the National Capital Region (NCR) be placed under the less strict MGCQ starting March.