Nine out of the 17 of Metro Manila mayors have agreed to shift to MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) by March according to Mayor Toby Tiangco of Navotas.
In an interview with DZBB, Tiangco mentioned that a voting session was held after discussing some questions about the current COVID-19 restrictions in the capital region. The mayors were asked to choose between MGCQ and GCQ (general community quarantine) and the former won.
Earlier, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to shift the country into a nationwide MGCQ to curb hunger problems.
It also suggested the expansion of access to public transportation from 50 to 75 percent to increase consumer spending.
Unlike other regions, the capital region has always adopted a single community quarantine classification, which is currently under GCQ for February.
The winning vote for MGCQ will be the official recommendation of the Metro Manila Council to the COVID-19 inter-agency task force.
Under MGCQ, minimum health standards will still be practiced but businesses can increase their operations as close to full capacity. More people will also be allowed to go out and gather, and leisure travel will be allowed.
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