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Salceda: Lockdown proposal means ‘grand staycation’ for Metro Manila residents

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Albay Rep. Joey Salceda on Monday said his proposal to lock down Metro Manila will mean a “grand staycation” for millions of residents who will be affected by the entry ban to the capital due to the Covid-19 contagion.

The chairman of the House committee on ways and means said the idea of an NCR-wide lockdown “should not be off the table” of possible steps to slow Covid-19’s spread.

“First, classes should be suspended nationwide to slow down and mitigate daily any potential for mass transmission,” he said.

“Second, in NCR, where all cases are, aside from no classes there should be work stoppage for at least one week, no bus trips, no domestic flights, closed SLEX/NLEX and railways,” he said.

“And therefore, everybody in Metro Manila should have a grand staycation,” Salceda said.

He said all exceptions to the temporary entry ban to NCR would be food, medicines and health professionals.

“The lockdown of NCR should be not be off the table if needed to slow down the transmission of COVID-19,” Salceda said.

“The costs of mass community transmission far outweigh the economic losses arising from preemptive actions. Zero casualty doctrine should extend to all emergencies, especially health emergencies,” he said.