MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce this week the new community quarantine classifications to be implemented on May 15, Malacañang said Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement when asked if the president will announce the new quarantine status when he holds his weekly public address on Monday night.
“Siguradong ia-announce niya ang bagong quarantine classifications bago mag-May 15 dahil May 14 nga yung last day,” he said during an online briefing.
The National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively tagged as NCR Plus – are under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until May 14.
Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has yet to submit to the president its recommendation on the new quarantine status.
“Tingin ko po hindi pa pupuwede kasi wala pa po yung rekomendasyon ng IATF sa kanya. Hindi pa po nagpupulong ang IATF para po sa final recommendation on quarantine classifications,” he said.
He said that based on the current data on the healthcare utilization rate and the COVID-19 situation, there is a possibility that the community quarantine status will be eased in the NCR Plus.
Roque, however, said that the decision rests with the IATF on whether or not to shift the NCR Plus to less restrictive community quarantine level.
“I will not second guess po the IATF, but pursuant to the formula, it is possible. Again, the final decision rest with the IATF,” he said.
Zamboanga City was also placed under MECQ until May 14 while Tacloban City was shifted to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until May 31.
Other areas placed under MECQ until May 31 are Santiago City, Quirino, and Abra.
The areas of Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Batangas, Quezon, Iligan City, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur are under GCQ until May 31.