Metro Manila mayors want to keep the capital region under general community quarantine (GCQ) until November, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday ahead of the expected announcement of new classifications.
The government's pandemic response task force will meet on Monday to discuss fresh quarantines, Año said. President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the new classifications after.
"Lahat sila ay nagkasundo na mananatili sa GCQ ang Metro Manila basta tungkol naman sa ekonomiya ay luluwagan nila," Año told Teleradyo.
"Napapansin natin ang ating mga kababayan talagang nag-iingat na. Despite na maraming bumibiyaheng sasakyan, hindi pa rin talaga lumalabas ng husto ‘yung mga kababayan natin."
Until Oct. 31, Metro Manila, Bacolod, Tacloban City, Iloilo City, Batangas province, and Iligan City are under GCQ where businesses, public transport, dine-in services, and even staycations, are allowed.
The rest of the country is under the more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
The Philippines in October began the further easing of virus restrictions which included shorter curfew hours, and lifting of travel limits such as those on foreign leisure trips.
As of Sunday, the Philippines has confirmed 370,028 COVID-19 cases. This includes 6,977 deaths and 328,036 recoveries.