Drilon backs eased restrictions in NCR

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday expressed support on the proposed localized lockdown amid COVID 19 pandemic.

Drilon is also urging the government to ease restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“I support localized lockdowns. I support calls to ease restrictions in the National Capital Region. As we have seen for the past four months, the shotgun approach did little to contain the virus," Drilon said.

The senator stressed that the strategy of the government in implementing lockdown has crippled the economy and left thousands of Filipinos jobless.

"Hence, we need a more rational approach and one that will not cause too much damage to our already bleeding economy. I’ve seen some LGUs pro-activeness and their efforts and quick actions are laudable. The government should be able to support their initiatives to contain the virus," he said.

Earlier, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, cochair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said President Duterte would decide soon on the quarantine level for Metro Manila and that the group would give him options.

“We will tell him, ‘Sir, we can ease, but the local governments must act fast if there is a spike or surge on this street, community or barangay.’ The action should be swift, like a 14-day community quarantine for starters. So the mayor will really have to take localized action,” Nograles said.

“We are giving two options here. It can be modified general community quarantine, but the mayor must really act fast, or another general community quarantine to give the mayor time to get used to it,” he said.