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Relax home quarantine guidelines for healthy senior citizens – solons

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House committee on labor chair Eric Pineda has urged the government to relax its restrictions on senior citizens from going outside their houses during the upcoming implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) policy.

Pineda, representative of 1-Pacman Party-list, together with Senior Citizen Party-list Rep. Francisco Datol said Malacañang particularly the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) should reconsider the ban for everyone over 60-years old from going outside during the imposition GCQ that will start on May 1.

The two senior lawmakers stressed that many elderlies “are still strong and gainfully employed or are active in business,” and they should not be disallowed them from leaving their homes just because of their age.

Pineda noted that key executives in corporations are seniors as well as majority of cabinet members including President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pineda stressed that there should there should be exemptions, allowing to work during GCQ those “below 70 -ears old without any high-risk health conditions.”

Both the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and GCQ guidelines sreleased by the government disallow senior citizens from going out of their homes.

For Datol, senior citizens also need to go outside to move around, as long as they are practicing social distancing—especially those who live alone.

“We should not isolate them in their homes, as such may be detrimental to their health. They should be allowed to do their errands and work if they are still able,” Datol stressed.

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