Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion wants the quarantine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) limited to barangays instead of covering the entire Luzon.
In a letter sent to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia March 31, Concepcion proposed the “new normal” that could be put in place once the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ends on April 14.
Concepcion’s suggestions were a result of the March 29 teleconference he had with a number of Cabinet Secretaries and businessmen on the ECQ.
He suggested limiting the scope of the quarantine to barangays and empowering local government units in its implementation.
Concepcion also suggested the removal of checkpoints so all cargoes can move freely without passes.
He said all businesses related to manufacturing, construction and agriculture should be allowed to operate based on demand, while selected sectors could resume business with a skeleton workforce or work from home setup.
Despite the resumption of select business activities, Concepcion said all forms of mass gathering– including malls, schools, and places of entertainment should remain closed.
He is also in favor of allowing the resumption of public transportation, but it should be contained “in business areas where employers can transport workers safely with strict guidance on social distancing, wearing of masks and other public health measures.”
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has yet to decide whether to extend the ECQ after April 14.