MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippine government is coming up with guidelines to ensure the effective implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Duterte made the statement days after he ordered the easement of quarantine protocols in parts in the country that are considered under moderate to low risk of COVID-19.
The Inter-Agency Task Force earlier asked the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Public Works and Highways to draft the guidelines by April 25 after Duterte approved the recommendation of the task force to place various parts of the country under the GCQ starting May 1.
Under the GCQ, there will be an opening of select establishments, subject to health standards. Public transportation meanwhile will be allowed to operate, but in a reduced capacity.
“Itong sa transportation that would allow movement sa mga tao in areas under general community quarantine. Pero maghintay kayo sa final orders kasi pina-plantsa pa namin ito,” Duterte said, as he stressed that protocols on sanitation and social distancing should still be observed.
“Yung mga tindahan, yung mga bazaars, mga malls big or small, it behooves upon you to see to it that the workers are protected. Meaning to say, that the sanitation of the place must be guaranteed and that the employees are provided with the durable and workable masks. And aside, I said, from sanitizing the place every now and then, when you asked us to open, we agreed. But there are the protocols to be followed. Not immaculately clean, but just sanitize it for COVID not to thrive tapos, you know, endangering your employees,” he said.