Mayors reach decision on NCR quarantine status

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The mayors of the localities in the National Capital Region (NCR) have reached a consensus on the quarantine status of the region after May 14.

However, the recommended quarantine status was not revealed and will be submitted to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for discussion in its meeting on Thursday.

The imposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will end on May 14 (Friday).

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said the consensus was arrived at after NCR mayors met with representatives from the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Wednesday evening.

“After a thorough consideration of all factors presented such as hospitals’ capacity, the arrival of vaccines, decrease in the number of new Covid-19 (coronavirus disease) cases, and present economic conditions, the NCR mayors have come up with its recommendation as to the quarantine status come May 15,” Abalos said.

“This same recommendation will be presented to the IATF at its meeting today (Thursday), which in turn will be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte who has the final say on the matter,” Abalos said.

He said the decision is “most beneficial to the residents of NCR” and puts “utmost importance” on a balance between the health and safety of the public and the economy.

On Wednesday, Makati City Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said NCR mayors have agreed to gradually relax quarantine restrictions in the region, noting that whatever quarantine status is decided, certain restrictions will remain such as a curfew, limited capacity in transportation and establishments, and compliance with other minimum health protocols.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the quarantine classifications for the rest of May may be announced on Friday.

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