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No nationwide MGCQ before vaccine rollout is safest but too cautious —League of Provinces

No nationwide MGCQ before vaccine rollout is safest but too cautious —League of Provinces

President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision not to allow the implementation of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the entire country until the COVID-19 vaccination rollout starts is the safest measure but too cautious, the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) said.

Interviewed on Dobol B TV on Tuesday, LPP President Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. pointed out that the economy should be reactivated as suggested by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

“Tama po talaga 'yun. 'Yun ang pinaka-safest. Pero super cautious po 'yun. At kailangan na po natin paganahin ang ekonomiya sabi ng NEDA,” Velasco said.

Earlier, LPP said it is in favor of placing the entire country under MGCQ, the least stringent quarantine classification, in March.

“Pero bigyan ho ng karapatan 'yung LGU na bigla pong mag-impose ng lockdown o stricter quarantine system kapag kailangan,” he said.

On Monday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte will not allow placing the entire country under MGCQ before COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out.

"The Chief Executive recognizes the importance of reopening the economy and its impact on people's livelihoods. However, the President gives higher premium to public health and safety," he said.

NEDA earlier proposed placing the country under MGCQ starting March 1 to balance the COVID-19 response and the need of Filipinos to start earning and spending.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country reached 563,456 on Monday. Of this number, 522,874 recovered while 12,094 died. —KG, GMA News