Metro mayors favor GCQ until December

Credit to Author: John Eric Mendoza| Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:25:22 +0000

METRO Manila mayors have recommended extending the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year.

Metro Manila Council Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez

Metro Manila Council Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said in a radio interview on Thursday the council made the recommendation to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The recommendation was made ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of the GCQ extension last Tuesday, Olivares said.

The extension will sustain the “continuous strategy” in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and to avoid a spike in cases, he said.

The GCQ in the provinces of Batangas and Lanao del Sur, and the cities of Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban and Iligan was extended until November 30.

A longer GCQ for Metro Manila was decided in lieu of an even more relaxed quarantine that was favored following signs that the Covid-19 situation in the region continued to improve.
As of Wednesday, the coronavirus case count in Metro Manila stood at 184,275, according to the Department of Health’s (DoH) Covid-19 tracker.

There were 12,027 active cases, 168,947 recoveries and 3,301 deaths.

The national total of Covid-19 cases went up to 376,935 after 1,761 cases were added on Thursday.

Quezon City led the list of new cases with 85, followed by Rizal with 74, Caloocan City with 73, Davao City with 70, and Laguna with 69.

Recoveries totaled 329,848 and deaths, 7,147.

Metro Manila notched the highest number of deaths reported per region at 12.

Global coronavirus figures have reached 44.5 million infections, with 1.174 million deaths.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said that it would start giving cash assistance under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act (Bayanihan 2) next week to local and overseas workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We expect that the budget will be given or downloaded to the DoLE so that next week we are now poised to implement forms of assistance for our countrymen,” Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said in a virtual forum.

The cash assistance would be given under the agency’s programs such as Tupad (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers), CAMP (Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program) and AKAP (Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong).

Under Bayanihan 2, the DoLE would get P13 billion to finance these programs to help employees and overseas Filipino workers who were displaced because of the pandemic.