NAVOTAS City Mayor Toby Tiangco favored the extension of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for another two weeks to sustain the continued downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.
Mayor Tiangco exemplified their experience when he declared a city-wide lockdown on July 16 to 29 and saw the decrease of the positivity rate from 37 percent on its first week of total lockdown to 15 percent on August 11.
“Mas nais pa sana namin na mapapababa ang positivity rate ng less than 10 percent kaya lang ang majority ng Metro Mayors, mas pabor na ibalik sa GCQ (general community quarantine) ang National Capital Region,” Mayor Tiangco said in an interview aired over DZBB.
Tiangco said returning to GCQ will increase public mobility since public transportation will be allowed, thus increasing the spread of the virus.
He also pointed out that while people suffered unemployment and their livelihood were affected under MECQ, returning to GCQ in a span of two weeks was too early. “Ang mangyayari dito, hahabulin din naman ng COVID ang ekonomiya, meaning, kapag masyadong mabilis, mapipilitan uling ilagay sa MECQ,” Mayor Tiangco said.
He said he understand the feelings of workers who belong to “no work no pay” scheme but if they are infected with the disease, they also will receive nothing from their employer and worst, their company might even shut down while other employees will be isolated.
However, the mayor clarified that the decision still lies on the national government and they will follow whatever President Rodrigo Duterte announce.