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‘Parang hindi naman ECQ’: Return to GCQ better than ECQ extension — Pateros mayor

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Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce said if it were up to him, he would rather return to enforcing a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions rather than extending the current Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) over Metro Manila.

“Ang nakikita ko kasi ay talagang medyo ang hirap na ring ipatupad to ano. Umiikot ako sa Metro Manila several days ago, parang hindi rin ECQ eh,” he said in an interview on Abante’s Balitaan at Kumustahan on Monday.

He also remarked that non-essential establishments were sacrificed by not being allowed to operate during the ECQ, when in his opinion, allowing them to operate with strict health protocols would have had a similar effect.

Ponce mentioned as well that almost everyone is now working and has been allowed to report to work physically so most of the people will still go outdoors despite the strict measures to be followed under ECQ.