Metro Manila will remain under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until the end of October, while the province of Lanao del Sur, including Marawi City, was downgraded to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced Monday night.
During a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the coronavirus pandemic, Duque said the National Capital Region (NCR) would stay under GCQ for another month along with Batangas province and the cities of Tacloban, Bacolod, and Iligan.
Iloilo City will also move to a GCQ from an MECQ that ends Sept. 30, Duque added, while the rest of the country – 98 cities and all other provinces – will stay under a Modified GCQ, the lowest lockdown level amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the response of local government units (LGUs) to the coronavirus crisis and assured them the national government was there for them.
“Our purpose is to serve,” the President said in the meeting at Malacanang.
He also expressed a desire to maximize the barangay health units, as they are the LGUs’ first line of defense against the dreaded disease.