Lockdown eased; some businesses and projects to reopen
President Duterte lessens quarantine measures
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte informed the Filipino people this morning that he approved recommendations of his Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to ease the lockdown by May 16 this year.
In a taped message last night and aired at 8:00 A.M. today, President Duterte at the same time advised people allowed to report for work should follow stringent safeguards to prevent a resurgence of the fatal COVID-19 in the country.
More than half of the country’s 81 provinces will no longer be under strict restrictions by May 16. However, the entire National Capital Region (NCR) and the populous Laguna Province and Cebu City will remain under a modified enhanced community quarantine until month’s end.
This means factories in these areas will be allowed to operate with 50 percent of its workforce. President Duterte said people who are careless will be accepted to hospitals however, there’s a strong possibility the hospital beds have already served as death beds of previous COVID-19 patients.
Health authorities said 11,350 COVID-19 positive cases have been listed while 2,106 have recovered and 751 died due to the contagion.
During the same briefing, President Duterte fondly recalled his late mother, Soledad whom he described as someone “very good to me.”
“I remember my mother Soledad. Well, she was a very good mother to me. Look what happened, I became President,” he added. He said his mother would always make him kneel before the altar every time he misbehaved. (Melo M. Acuña)
President Rodrigo Duterte. (Screen Grab from RTVM-PCOO)