Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) is still wary on the decision to reopen cinemas in areas under general community status (GCQ).

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (FACEBOOK/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Olivarez, also the chairman of MMC, said Metro Manila mayors may appeal to the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) on the reopening of cinemas in areas under GCQ because it did not go through “proper consultation.”

“Ang isang napansin lang po namin dito ay tungkol sa sinehan kasi hindi po nagkaroon ng proper consultation po tungkol po sa specifics, tungkol sa sinehan (What we noticed here is the reopening of cinemas because this did not go through proper consultation, about the specifics),” Olivarez said in an interview on radio station DZBB.

“Alam naman po natin ang sinehan, enclosed po yan at mahigit po na isang oras sa gathering ng sa enclosed at air-conditioned (Cinemas are enclosed, and you spend more than one hour in an enclosed and air-conditioned area),” the mayor added.

Olivarez said that aside from the reopening of cinemas, the MMC is also worried on the reopening of video and inter-active arcades.

“’Yan po yung isa pa naming worries, kasi halos dikit-dikit po yan at enclosed ‘yun at alam po natin na hindi pa po pinapayagan ang mga bata para po lumabas(That is also one of our worries, because people can get too close and that’s an enclosed area. We also know that children are still not allowed to go outside),” Olivarez said.

On Friday, Malacañang announced the IATF has allowed the reopening of more businesses like cinemas, museums, driving schools, libraries, and tourist attractions such as theme parks in GCQ areas on February 15 which is subject to guidelines that will be issued by the Department of Health and respective local government units.

On the increasing of capacity for religious gatherings, Olivarez said the MMC welcomes the decision.

“Sang-ayon lahat ng Metro Manila mayors na payagan ang 50 percent capacity sa mga religious gatherings, provided na ‘yung minimum health protocols ipatutupad din po iyan (All Metro Manila mayors agreed to increase the capacity in religious gatherings to up to 50 percent but the minimum health protocol should still be implemented),” Olivarez said.

“Nakikita naman po natin na open air naman ang ating mga simbahan so ‘yun pong contamination, mako-control po ‘yon (Our churches is an open air so the contamination can be controlled),” Olivarez added. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (