Duterte places Metro Manila and nearby areas under MECQ starting August 4, 2020

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday night, August 2, reverted the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective midnight August 4, 2020.

The Chief Executive likewise approved the hiring of additional healthcare workers to augment the current workforce, including the hiring of 10,000 medical professionals and the calling to active duty and enlistment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday night, August 2, reverted the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective midnight August 4, 2020.

Healthcare workers would also be provided additional benefits, such as risk allowance for private sector healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients, the amount of 10 to 15,000 pesos for every healthcare worker that gets sick, life insurance, free accommodation, free transportation, free and frequent testing.

The President’s decision came after his meeting with key Cabinet officials to discuss the various concerns raised by members of the medical community.

Also approved was the Cabinet’s recommendation to issue work and quarantine passes to minimize movement.

The local government units (LGUs) and the COVID-19 CODE Teams are directed to intensify the localized lockdown strategy and the implementation of Oplan Kalinga.

The guidelines for minimum health standards will also be strictly enforced and intensified while giving twenty million face masks for the poor.

The use of RT-PCT testing as the gold standard has likewise been approved by PRRD.

The country’s COVID-19 cases hit past 103,000 on Sunday, with a record high increase in cases at over 5,000 more recorded.

MECQ or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine will have the following protocols in place

  • MECQ will be implemented in areas tagged as containment zones
  • Limited movement within zone for obtaining essential services and work
  • Resumption of operations of selected manufacturing and processing plants up to a maximum of 50 percent workforce
  • Limited transportation services for essential goods and services
  • Suspension of physical classes
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