By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte is studying the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to place the entire country under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting March 1, his spokesman Harry Roque said.
Acting NEDA chief Karl Chua made the proposal during a televised meeting with Duterte and some Cabinet members late Monday as he cited the need to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Pinagaaralan mabuti ng pangulo ang rekomendasyon na ito. Ang sabi nga niya, nais niyang ito mapagusapan sa susunod na Cabinet meeting sa biente dos ng buwang ito,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing Tuesday.
“Dahil ito nga po naging rekomendasyon na ng IATF, napag-usapan na ng kanyang gabinete na nakaupo sa IATF, talagang ang Presidente ang nag-aaral kung tama na ba tayong magpunta sa MGCQ,” he also said.
Meanwhile, Chua also proposed to increase the operational capacity of public transportation from 50 percent to 75 percent, expand the age group allowed to go out, and resume pilot testing of face-to-face classes in areas with low Covid-19 risk.