The Philippines is prepared for any possible outcomes should the country shift to the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the least stringent in all the categories, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“Tayo po ay handa naman (We are ready),” Duque said when asked about the possible shift to MGCQ this March.
According to Duque, after a year of handling the pandemic, the Local Government Units (LGU) has now the experience and the knowledge they need to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in their area. Such as establishing a system they see fit in response to the pandemic occurring. Including health protocols, isolation or quarantine guidelines, and infection or prevention controls, and testing capabilities.
“Naniniwala ako na ang ating LGUs ay handa naman ang kanilang sistema, ang kanilang mga health protocols, ang kanilang quarantine/isolation guidelines, infection/prevention control protocols, ang kanilang testing capacities, etc. para magluwag pa to MGCQ ang kanila pong quarantine status.”
(I believe that the LGU's systems are ready, this includes their health protocols, their quarantine/isolation guidelines, infection/prevention control protocols, and their testing capabilities, etc needed for the transition to MGCQ)
This Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet will discuss the possibility and the outcome of finally shifting the entire country of the Philippines to MGCQ.