THE government’s reimposition of the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metropolitan Manila (MM), starting August 6, should be welcomed by all sectors of society.
Everybody agrees that there’s really a need to decree the ECQ because of the threat of the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) “Delta” variant to the health situation and the local economy.
Elsewhere, local government units (LGUs) have already reimposed strict border controls and stringent health protocols for fear of the more deadly and highly-contagious “Delta” variant.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier approved MM’s return to ECQ as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Aware of the crippling effects of the reimposition of ECQ in MM from August 6 to 20, Sen. Bong T. Go called on the government to give more attention to the “poorest of the poor.”
A close associate of President Duterte, Go, chair of the Senate committee on health, urged the executive department to set aside more funds for marginalized sectors during lockdowns.
At the same time, the nephyte senator appealed to the public not to be complacent, noting that the “Delta” variant poses a serious threat to the health of the people across the country.
Go expressed the hope that 80 percent of the estimated 13 million population of MM, the country’s premier region, will get government financial aid during the lackdown.
Doubtless, the national government is on the right track in reimposing ECQ in Metropolitan Manila.
Kung hindi ay baka maparalisa ang operasyon ng gobyerno kung hindi matigil ang pagkalat ng nakamamatay na COVID-19 “Delta” variant. Mabuti na yong maagap.