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Ako Bicol Rep. Co hails President Duterte’s decision to ease quarantine in select areas

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Ako Bicol Rep. Elizaldy Co, one of the original proponents of the selective and modified quarantine scheme, lauded the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other high risk areas only.

To recall, Rep. Co earlier pushed for conditional quarantine lifting to restart economic activities in select areas and help ease government’s burden during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include island-provinces with zero to one case of COVID-19 in the last 15 days or – in the case of municipalities – only those with zero cases.

“The objective of quarantine lifting is to allow people, albeit in limited numbers and in select localities, to return to their jobs. We’re fighting a protracted war and until no vaccine is invented, government’s limited resources can’t support and feed all those who were displaced. We need to save government funds for the longer battle,” Co was quoted as saying.

President Duterte, through the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Diseases, declared that 40 provinces with moderate to low rates of COVID-19 infection will be placed under “general community quarantine” where return to work will be in phases.

Many of these areas are island-provinces that Rep. Co has earlier identified as primary candidates for modified quarantine.

While the the Ako Bicol solon welcomed the gradual easing of quarantine restrictions as a precursor to full economic reopening, he advised local residents in those areas to continuously observe social distancing, wearing of masks and frequent hand washing.

“We sacrificed for more than a month under strict quarantine. Don’t throw it away by letting our guard down. Let’s follow the new norm,” he noted.