Senator Cynthia Villar badly wants businesses in Metro Manila to resume operations even if the level of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mass testing leaves much to be desired.
Villar urged the Metro Manila Council and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Monday (May 11) to consider lifting the enhanced community quarantine in select parts of Metro Manila where COVID-19 cases are low.
“By now, places where COVID-19 cases are concentrated are already identified by the local government. Strict quarantine measures will continue to be implemented here while quarantine measures can be eased in low-risk areas,” she said in a statement.
As of May 8, 2020, Metro Manila areas which have the lowest number of cases per 100,000 population are: Caloocan (14.5), Navotas (14.9), Malabon (15), Valenzuela (17.1), Marikina (28.1), Las Pinas (32.6), Muntinlupa (32.9), Taguig (33.2), and Pateros (33.8)
Villar said prolonging the ECQ will further take a toll on the economy and possibly worsen unemployment.
As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the senator said businesses must be allowed to resume operations provided they observe social distancing and wearing of face masks.
“I agree that we should start re-opening the economy and begin the implementation of new normal measures in Metro Manila areas that have been successful in keeping their COVID-19 cases under control,” Villar said.
The senator’s family owns Vista Land and Lifescapes, one of the biggest real estate companies in the country. Her husband, Manny, is the richest man in the Philippines according to Forbes Magazine.