After spending the past few weeks in Manila, President Duterte will be working in Davao City for the week.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(SIMEON CELI / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President flew back to his hometown and will announce the county’s new quarantine level for the month of November on Monday night, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.

Prior to his public address, Roque said the President will first meet with some Cabinet members, who also serve as members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF), via video conference to tackle the pandemic response as well as the recommended risk classification of various places in the country.

“Yes, he (President Duterte) is in Davao,” Roque said during a Palace press briefing Monday.

“He’s been in Manila for three weeks already so parang may pattern naman ngayon na three weeks in Manila, one week in Davao,” he added.

Roque noted that a recommendation on the country’s new quarantine status has been finalized. It will be further discussed in the IATF meeting with the President.

“I can confirm that at 10 a.m. today, the IATF started their meeting, baka hindi pa po natatapos ngayon (it has not yet ended),” Roque said. “Pero in the meeting, a recommendation was made already by the technical working group that normally does the recommendations to the President on the quarantine classifications,” he added.

President Duterte has kept Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) for the month of October while the government eased movement restrictions to jumpstart the economy weakens by the pandemic.

Metro Manila mayors reportedly recommended to keep the GCQ status of the capital region until November.

Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City have also been placed under GCQ this month. Only Lanao del Sur including Marawi City reverted to modified enhanced community Quarantine (MECQ).

The rest of the country remained under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the most relaxed lockdown level implemented by the government against the coronavirus spread.

The government recently moved to further open up the economy, that included increasing business operations and public transportation capacity to stimulate economic activities and employment.  It has also lifted travel restrictions on non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos as well as inbound of foreign investors while endorsing efforts to shorten curfew hours and ease the stay-at-home rule for some some young and senior people.

The reopening of the economy comes as authorities recorded a downtrend in the cases of coronavirus in the country. 

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