Monday, August 17, 2020

Are We Going Back to GCQ or Extending the MECQ?

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Roque says President Duterte will push through with his public address tonight for the fate of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite. These areas have been under MECQ the past two weeks.

Remind ko lang po kayo that the shift from GCQ to MECQ is NOT the action plan. It’s supposed to buy the govt some time to create an ACTUAL plan to address the rising covid cases, overworked frontliners, & poverty.


Dahil in PERPETUAL ISOLATION daw yung PWEHsidente?

#PresidentLENI na ba?

Meantime, the UP-OCTA research team recommends an extension of MECQ in Metro Manila: "If we lift the MECQ prematurely, we will be need to deal with the outbreak in the NCR entering a phase of uncontrolled and very rapid growth."

UP OCTA Research Fellow Prof. Guido David says the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may reach 210,000 by end of August if areas with high number of COVID-19 cases will remain under MECQ, and 230,000 cases if these areas will go back to GCQ.

Though let me also remind these experts that their "extend MECQ" narrative will only work if NCR (37.5%), CALABARZON (14.8%) and Central Luzon (9.3%) does not constitute for 61.6% of the Philippines' GDP. If your "expert advice" will be followed, the Philippine economy will crash.

It will rise anyway because the cases of LSI's found positive only in the provinces cannot be contact traced anymore as the shipping of these people goes on defying basic quarantine practice.  Right hand preventing the disease, left hand spreading the virus!

What Metro Manila and the rest of the country need right now is effective contact tracing, mass testing, and economic relief for those who are barely surviving this pandemic. Without these, MECQ extension would become just a band-aid solution.

MECQ or not, it's just the same if no concrete action plan exists. We're basically on our own. 45% unemployment rate. People fighting for survival now. It is a choice between dying due to hunger or due to the virus.

Regardless kung ano i-announce ng gov't bukas for Metro Manila... MECQ, GCQ, etc...
Keep practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and face masks/shields, and avoid going to crowded places. If you would, be sure to practice all the health protocols EVEN IF OTHERS DO NOT.

This is a community effort. We can do these regardless of the government's advisory, and by doing so, we help our healthcare workers. Do it for mankind.

May the best immune system win.

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