MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said he remains hopeful that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under Alert Level 3.
During a virtual public briefing on Monday (September 27), Abalos said reports show that reproduction rate and the number of active cases have decreased in the past three or four days.
“I’m always data-driven. Tinitingnan ko three to four days ago, talagang gumanda naman ang reproduction rate, growth rate, even ang active cases. Iyong active cases kung titingnan natin, it was at a high of about 40,000 noong September 15. Ngayon po ay bumaba na tayo ng 29,000, (I was looking at [the data] three to four days ago. The reproduction rate, growth rate, and even the active cases are improving. The active cases, we can see that it was at a high of about 40,000 last September 15. Now it is down to 29,000)” he said.
Abalos hopes that with the recent data, quarantine classifications in the NCR would ease. The MMDA chair said that the total bed and ICU utilization rates should also drop to allow a shift in quarantine classification. The NCR is currently under Alert Level 4 until September 30.
Meanwhile, the official also hopes that the number of fully-vaccinated individuals in the NCR would reach 8 million by October 26.
Based on the recent data, 15.7 million individuals have received COVID-19 vaccine, where around 7.1 million received the second dose. Around 8.6 million individuals meanwhile, have received the first dose of the vaccine. AAC