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To avoid public confusion: Poe seeks guidelines on ‘community quarantine’ in Metro Manila

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There must be clear guidelines on how to implement the “community quarantine” in Metro Manila to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Senator Grace Poe stressed this on Friday as some Metro Manila residents as well as those who live in adjacent provinces have pressed for more details on how the community quarantine will be enforced.

“We recognize efforts of the government to implement bolder steps to address a public health crisis,” said Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services.

“However, these measures need clear-cut guidelines to avoid public confusion and ensure effective enforcement,” she said.

Poe added, “Concerned agencies must see to it that the community quarantine in Metro Manila would not disrupt public utility services.”

She said that everyone “must be guaranteed clean water supply, sufficient food, credible and up-to-date information, reliable means of communication and transportation.”

“As a nation, we have gone through many challenges and have proven that with our mettle, unity and cooperation, we can weather all crisis,” she said.

“We are facing a disease that knows no borders. We cannot simply watch and feel safe while the pandemic ripples across the globe,” Poe said.

“Our unity and sense of humanity will help combat this public health crisis. We are all in this together. As we try our best to keep ourselves and our families healthy, there should be a palpable sense of responsibility for the greater common good,” she said.

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