Entire PH ‘ready’ to shift to MGCQ – Duque

By: Krissy Aguilar - Inquirer.net | February 22,2021 - 01:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III SCREEN GRAB/SENATE PRIB

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is “ready” should it transition to the least stringent modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday.

In a televised briefing, Duque said local government units (LGUs) now know how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) after a year of handling the pandemic.

“Tayo po ay handa naman (We are ready),” Duque said when sought to comment on the possible shift to MGCQ nationwode by March.

“Naniniwala ako na ang ating LGUs ay handa naman ang kanilang sistema, ang kanilang mga health protocols, ang kanilang quarantine/isolation guidelines, infection/prevention control protocols, ang kanilang testing capacities, etc. para magluwag pa to MGCQ ang kanila pong quarantine status.”

(I believe that the LGUs’ systems are ready, their health protocols, quarantine/isolation guidelines, infection/prevention control protocols and their testing capacities, etc. for the transition to MGCQ.)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss the possible shift of the entire Philippines to MGCQ.

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