There will be health consequences should the economy suffers during the pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) said as they defend the proposal to shift to the most relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status by March.
“It is the direction of the government. Nakaisang taon na po tayo ng very strict lockdown and we have to look at the other side of the fence and that is our economy, nakikita naman po natin. And there are also health consequences for a poor economy. Kaya binabalanse din natin yan,” Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said.
(We already went through a year of strict lockdown, we should look at the economy. There are also health consequences for a poor economy so let’s balance that.)
The proposal to shift to MGCQ by March has already been approved by the national government’s task force as well as the mayors of Metro Manila. It is now up to President Rodrigo Duterte on what the final decision is.
To prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases, Vergeire called on local government units (LGUs) to “step up” and intensify “surveillance efforts” when the shift to MGCQ happens.
“Ang ating safeguard diyan, kung sakali magkaroon ng shift into the lower level of quarantine measures, ay ang ating local government magkakaroon ng sari sariling response, where they have better surveillance […] so that they can appropriately manage if ever and control number of cases,” Vergeire said.
(Our safeguard is our local government’s own response where they will have better surveillance to manage and control cases.)