CNN PHILIPPINES— President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with key Cabinet officials on Sunday to discuss the various issues and concerns raised by members of the medical community while the country continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this meeting on social media, saying he will “make the proper announcement in due course.”
On Saturday, health workers and frontliners from several medical societies appealed for the chief executive to place Metro Manila back to a stricter enhanced community quarantine until August 15, citing an overwhelmed healthcare system and “burned out” frontliners.
Mega Manila is composed of Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Mimaropa.
The move will also pave the way for healthcare workers to “refine” pandemic control strategies, the group added.
Currently, the capital region remains under the more relaxed general community quarantine, with local government units advised to impose granular lockdowns on areas with high number of infections.