City lays down guides to transition from ECQ to GCQ; Mayor assures compliance with national rules
May 5, 2020 - Ten days into the possible downgrading of the status of the City from extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) after May 15, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the City will undergo a “very, very gradual transition.”
“Baka within two weeks after May 15, baka parang nasa ECQ pa rin tayo,” he explained.
The Mayor said the City has prepared calibrated, graduated sequential actions on how to ease up on certain sectors with the assurance that they are compliant with the national IATF guidelines on GCQ.
These include opening construction to address critical projects which are subject to strict evaluation, followed by the opening of the transport sector, normalizing of government operations and key economic sectors like manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), opening of key hotels with restaurants, small establishments to include restaurants and retail, and then scaled-down entertainment, worship gatherings, family-oriented activities, in that order. He emphasized that they will not open at the same time.
Opening of above-mentioned sectors shall be demand driven and will follow certain schedules, and that “we will always be aligned with the general provisions of the general guidelines of the GCQ,” Magalong stressed.
“What I’m saying is we have a plan on how to transition, but yung by scheduling, unti-unti. Pati borders, di ko basta-basta open for all,” adding that there will be systems put in place like on-line registration, the Mayor explained.
“Definitely, big hotels will not open yet,” he said.
As to the operation of Sto. Nino Hospital, the Mayor said, it is physically ready and is just awaiting finalization of staffing, which will be funded by DOH. Administrative support, to include provision of security and utility manpower, will be shouldered by the city government. He said that after May 11, they expect that all other hospitals in the City will no longer accept COVID 19 positive patients, except for Sto. Nino and BGH-MC. “Ayaw natin mix use yung hospital natin,” he added.
The Mayor said, the City has also laid down proposed modifications in the general guidelines under GCQ which will be shared to the public in due time.- Hiyas Zambrano