Palace says Metro Manila nearly reverted to modified ECQ

Metro Manila, which accounts for about half of the country's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, nearly reverted to a stricter quarantine scenario, Malacañang revealed Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 17th, 2020

MM under MGCQ: A remote possibility

The Palace said Thursday that a shift into modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is a “remote possibility” for now, even if it touted that Metro Manila’s critical care capacity will “tremendously improve” in the coming days. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it is likely to downgrade the capital region’s lockdown status into a more relaxed […] The post MM under MGCQ: A remote possibility appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

MECQ extension highly unlikely, says Palace

Malacañang yesterday hinted at the possibility of returning Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces to general community quarantine status after the modified enhanced community quarantine lapses on Aug. 18......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

UnionBank, Lazada launch virtual credit card team-up

As Metro Manila and nearby areas were reverted back to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine, Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has partnered with Lazada Philippines and Mastercard to launch the country’s first e-commerce credit card......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

DA: Food supply enough

The government yesterday advised Filipinos not to resort to panic-buying as the food supply is enough for the entire country even as Metro Manila is reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine for two weeks......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Manila adopts skeletal workforce

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday ordered offices and departments of the city hall to adopt alternative work arrangements as Metro Manila reverted to the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ beginning today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ

Mass transport services will be prohibited and quarantine passes required anew in areas reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from general community quarantine, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reminded Monday. Metro Manila, as well as the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, will shift back to MECQ starting […] The post Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

DILG: NCR ECQ proposal to be discussed in meeting

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday assured that calls for Metro Manila to be reverted back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine will be tackled during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Aug. 3. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the clarification after some medical workers requested that the National Capital Region (NCR) be under the more restricted quarantine rules due to the surging coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On Aug. 1, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Jose Santiago in an online press conference headed by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) noted that the health workers are overwhelmed by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases they are handling. He relayed that the concerned health workers had urged the government to give them at least two weeks of “breathing space by shifting Mega Manila back to a strict lockdown.’’ “We’re waging a losing battle against COVID-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” the letter read by Santiago said. With President Duterte on the brink of placing Metro Manila under the modified general communits quarantine (MGCQ) in middle of July, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and the other Cabinet members convinced the President that the move is not feasible citing the need to open businesses to reinvigorate the economy. Año insisted that the way to curb the spread of the disease starts in every individual who should follow the minimum health standards of wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene. He emphasized that no country can claim they have won their fight against COVID-19 since there is no available vaccine for the virus yet. But on the bright note, Duterte in a meeting on Friday said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country this December. Año noted that the country has to live with the virus momentarily until the vaccine is found. He added that the local government units (LGUs) have the power to impose localized lockdowns on parts of the barangays, streets, and buildings which they have identified as high-risk areas......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Fate of quarantine in Duterte’s hands

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte will declare on 15 June whether the general community quarantine (GCQ) currently enforced in Metro Manila will be further downgraded to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or will revert back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a statement, the Palace official also advised […] The post Fate of quarantine in Duterte’s hands appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Palace says return to stricter modified ECQ is possible

Quarantine measures in Metro Manila may be tightened anew if the number of persons infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 increase, Malacañang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

UPDATE: Metro Manila, 2 other areas under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31

UPDATE: Metro Manila, 2 other areas under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte kept Metro Manila, and two other areas under “modified” enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) while placing the rest of the country under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte approved the recommendation of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Metro Manila mayors recommend extended GCQ in NCR until end of 2020

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA is composed of 17 mayors in the NCR.  “All our mayors agreed to recommend to the IATF to extend GCQ until December 31. It is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia  disclosed during a virtual press conference Monday, October 19.  “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin (It is hard to place NCR 100 percent under MGCQ.  Then if  you decrease the quarantine level, there will be resistance.  That’s hard to control. Unlike when we are still under GCQ and we gradually adjust the capacity. This move is better to help our economy),” Garcia explained. NCR is currently under GCQ until the end of October. The MMC also suggested that curfew in Metro Manila be shortened from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Garcia said this is also the recommendation of the economic team in order to boost the economy which was badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours,” he said. “All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” Garcia added. The mayors likewise agreed to allow persons aged 18 to 65 outside their homes.. “Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out their houses just for leisure,” Garcia explained. Garcia said there is still nothing definite about the traditional “Simbang Gabi.” “There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But, this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” he said. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Metro Manila may be downgraded to MGCQ – Palace

Metro Manila may be downgraded to the most lenient quarantine level next month if its residents observe health and safety protocols designed to contain COVID-19, Malacañang said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

MGCQ seen in Metro Manila, if COVID-19 downtrend prevails – Palace

Metro Manila may soon be placed under more relaxed quarantine status if the daily attack and fatality rates of COVID-19 continue to go down, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Time to vacation, Palace says, encouraging Filipinos to visit newly-reopened Boracay island

"The President's message is, we must live despite COVID-19 ... It is time for us to take a vacation after a very long lockdown, especially in Metro Manila," Roque said in Filipino as he held a virtual briefing from the top tourist destination. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Modified GCQ likely if cases decline& mdash;Roque

Malacanang is not ruling out the possibility that Metro Manila, where there are 13 million residents and workers, may shift to a modified general community quarantine next month......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Pagsailalim ng Metro Manila sa MGCQ, hindi imposible – Palasyo

Hindi imposible na isailalim sa modified general community quarantine ang Metro Manila. Ayon kay Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, ito ay dahil sa pababa na ang kaso ng mga tinatamaan ng COVID-19. Pero paalala ni Roque sa publiko, huwag pa ring kalimutan ang mga health protocol na itinakda ng pamahalaan. Halimbawa na ang pagsusuot ng face […] The post Pagsailalim ng Metro Manila sa MGCQ, hindi imposible – Palasyo appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Olivarez eyes MGCQ for Metro Manila next month

Metro Manila may be placed under the more relaxed modified general community quarantine in November if cases of COVID-19 continue to decline, Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

GCQ or MGCQ? Mayors to decide on Sunday

Metro Manila mayors will decide on Sunday whether to maintain the general community quarantine or downgrade the status to modified GCQ, Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

MGCQ for Metro Manila by end of the month if...

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is in favor of moving Metro Manila and other areas under general community quarantine to the more relaxed modified GCQ, provided the so-called Seven Commandments of minimum health standards are implemented......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020