Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the capital city has always been ready for the implementation of the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive quarantine classification.
However, the Manila city government will comply with President Duterte’s directive to stay under GCQ until the country’s vaccination plan against COVID-19 has been rolled out.
“We are always ready for MGCQ,” Domagoso told reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
“[But] if that is the policy of the President, then we, in the local government unit under the supervisory authority council, will follow the same,” he added.
During the Metro Manila Council’s meeting on Feb. 18, Domagoso was among the nine mayors who voted for the shift to MGCQ in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The Manila mayor stressed that the economy, and not only public health, must be addressed by the government as both were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
“We really must, and we should do some aggressive policy, aggressive program and action na muling buhayin ang ekonomiya, muling magkaroon ng komersyo (to revive the economy and commerce) so we can make jobs available, especially sa mga apektado sa pandemic (to those who were affected by the pandemic),” he said.
He said he trusts the public to look after themselves and observe minimum health standards after living with COVID-19 for the past 11 months.
“Buhay at kabuhayan (lives and livelihood). These must be considered at all times,” he said. “Ang gutom ay nakakamatay din (Hunger kills too), and it’s a painful death.”
The local chief executive remains optimistic that a vaccine will arrive in the country “in the coming days or weeks.”