Whether or not the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under the more relaxed Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) is up to the President, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Monday, February 22.

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In a radio interview over DZRH, Olivarez, who is Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairman, was asked if the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Pasay City and the recent lockdowns would affect their recommendation to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to ease the quarantine status. 

Olivarez said that what Pasay did was exercise its authority that any local government unit can do in situations when COVID-19  cases increase.   

“Yun pong aming proposal, dinala na po sa Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) po iyon at nasa pag-aaral na po ni Presidente. Si Presidente ang magfafinal(ize) regarding po sa MGCQ (Our proposal has already been brought to the IATF and it’s up to the President).”

During its February 17 meeting, the MMC voted 9-8 in favor of the shift to MGCQ.

The OCTA Research Team said that Pasay City almost doubled its daily report of new cases compared to the previous week, having an average of 44 new cases per day.  

According to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), the city had a daily average of 15 cases from October, 2020 to February, 2021 and 14 cases per day from January, 2021 to February, 2021.

On Saturday, Pasay City placed a total of 33 barangays and one business establishment under a 14-day lockdown as part of its “control and containment” strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19.

City Administrator Dennis Acorda said Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano wanted barangays with three or more cases locked down to contain the virus.

As of February 21, the city has 361 active cases, 35 of which are new cases.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/02/22/mgcq-shift-up-to-the-president-pasay-lockdowns-part-of-lgu-authority-mmc-chairman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mgcq-shift-up-to-the-president-pasay-lockdowns-part-of-lgu-authority-mmc-chairman)