President Rodrigo Duterte will be announcing the new community quarantine classifications in the country on Monday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Sunday.
In a Dobol B sa News TV interview, Año, who also serves as vice chairperson of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, said they are set to meet with the President on Monday night to discuss the new quarantine classifications.
New classifications will then be announced during the President's televised address following the meeting, he added.
"Ang Pangulo na rin ang magde-decide at mag-a-announce ng bagong quarantine classification para sa iba't ibang areas at LGUs," Año said.
Duterte earlier placed the National Capital Region and six other areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) from November 1 to 30 to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, NTF COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said Metro Manila mayors still want the region to remain under GCQ during the holiday season.
Año said there will be another meeting with Metro Manila mayors later in the day to hear their recommendations on the succeeding quarantine classifications.
"Kailangan pakinggan din natin yung kanilang opinyon at ang kanilang rekomendasyon. Gayunpaman, actually, nakapag-usap usap na rin naman ang ating mga mayor, at sa kanila, patapusin natin ang Christmas under GCQ," he said.
"Nangangamba tayo kasi na baka magkaroon ng spike or surge kapag ang mga tao ay maglabasan at maggawa ng kung anu-anong activities katulad ng party, caroling," he added.
As of Saturday, a total of 427,797 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Philippines, of which 31,402 are active while 8,333 are fatalities. —LBG, GMA News