By Gabriela Baron
Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairperson and Parañaque mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Tuesday (June 16) that the incidence of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) is already plateauing, but cautions the public to still follow health protocols imposed by the government.
In an interview over CNN Philippines’ The Source, the MMC chair noted that the number of daily new cases in the NCR is declining.
“Nung meeting po namin ng MMC, nung nag-present po si [Health] Secretary [Francisco] Duque, nakita po natin na unti-unti nagkakaroon po tayo ng plateauing sa ating pong curve ng ating COVID-19 sa loob ng Metro Manila. Meron tayong mga new cases, pero compared sa past weeks ay malaki po ang nag-improve dito sa National Capital Region (When we met with the MMC, when Secretary Duque presented, we saw that the Metro Manila COVID-19 curve is already plateauing. We still record new cases, but compared to the past weeks, there has been a huge improvement in the National Capital Region),” he said.
Olivarez urged the public to continue practicing health protocols imposed all over the NCR.
“Ang kailangan lang ay sundin po natin yung health protocols na pinatutupad ng ating pamahalaan all over National Capital Region (We just need to follow health protocols implemented all over the National Capital Region by our government),” he said.
The MMC head also backs the government’s decision to extend the general community (GCQ) quarantine in Metro Manila, as well as any decisions it may make on the coronavirus response.
“Majority ng ating mayors, sumasang-ayon naman sila na i-extend itong ating GCQ (The majority of our mayors support the extension of GCQ in Metro Manila),” Olivarez said.
“Doon sa pag-uusap naming ng Metro Manila Council last Saturday, kung ano po ‘yung ibibigay na direksyon ng ating mahal na presidente at saka ng ating IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force), ‘yun ‘yung susundin ng atin pong LGU (local government units) all over Metro Manila (In our meeting with the Metro Manila Council last Saturday, we agreed to just follow the directions of our IATF and our beloved president).”
On Monday (June 15), President Duterte approved the recommendation to keep Metro Manila under general community quarantine from June 16 to 30.