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Ping says health workers’ appeal to place Mega Manila under ECQ is a valid request. Here’s why

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The appeal by health care professionals and workers to place Mega Manila under enhanced community quarantine for at least two weeks is a valid request that Malacañang should consider seriously, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Saturday.

In a statement, Lacson said human lives should be the top consideration if given the choice.

“The request of health workers to place Mega Manila under ECQ for at least two weeks is a valid request that Malacañang should seriously consider. Putting human lives above all considerations is a no-brainer, given the choice,” he said.

He added some adjustments can be made in the distribution of government subsidy to the most basic necessities of those who need it the most.

“What is important is to prevent an obvious pattern of upsurge in the daily coronavirus infection,” Lacson said.

But Lacson said this also stresses the significance of data management by concerned government agencies, “which after more than four months should have already been in place and readily implementable.”

Earlier Saturday, medical health care workers’ groups asked Malacanang to place Mega Manila under ECQ for at least two weeks, saying they were being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

The Philippine College of Physicians sought a timeout of two weeks.

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