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Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon has joined calls to ease the lockdown restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) in a bid to jumpstart the economy amid the continuing increase of COVID-19 infections in the country.

“I support localized lockdowns. I support calls to ease restrictions in the National Capital Region,” said Drilon.

According to Drilon, it’s no longer advisable for the national government to revert back the Metro Manila and other regional economic hubs under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) policy amid the soaring COVID-19 cases which not only crippled the country’s economy but also left thousands of Filipinos jobless.

“As we have seen for the past four months, the shotgun approach did little to contain the virus,” said Drilon.

Drilon warned that imposing ECQ will only cause too much damage “to our already bleeding economy.”

Drilon stressed that localized lockdown is a better approach since he has seen “some LGUs pro-activeness and their efforts and quick actions are laudable.”

“The government should be able to support their initiatives to contain the virus,” he added.

A total of 112 cities and municipalities have exercised localized lockdowns in their respective infected barangays following the easing of quarantine restrictions in some parts of the country last June according to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

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