MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 is yet to submit its final recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte as to what will happen after June 15 when the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila lapses.
Local government units (LGU) are still given time to appeal with regard to the risk classification they would want to enforce in their localities based on the prevalence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in their respective localities.
After consultation with experts, the President is expected to announce the changes in quarantine measures as expected.
“Mismong si President Duterte po ang haharap at kakausap sa taumbayan sa Lunes, June 15, para i-anunsyo ito [President Duterte himself will announce (the decision) to the public on Monday, June 15],” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
Roque expressed confidence in the time given to LGUs to prepare prior to the announcement of changes on June 15.
He added that the IATF is taking into consideration the situations in Metro Manila and Cebu City where cases of COVID-19 remain high.
“Ang decision lang naman na inaantay ng taumbayan, anong mangyayari sa Metro Manila, anong mangyayari sa Cebu City? [The only decision that the public is waiting for is what will happen to Metro Manila and Cebu City],” Roque said.
“The only options are either magiging MGCQ, or GCQ, or ibabalik sa MECQ, [The only options are either a shift to (modified general community quarantine) MGCQ, extend (general community quarantine) GCQ, or reinstate (modified enhanced community quarantine) MECQ,]” he added.
The Palace Spokesperson reminds the public not to believe or rely on leaked documents regarding community quarantine that are circulating prior to the President’s official announcement on Monday. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)