Officials in the Philippines vowed to prevent any further surge on local transmissions of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the 15-day modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) it imposed on Metro Manila Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.
The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 affirmed its committment to the public during a recent virtual meeting with Metro Manila mayors.
“Pangatawanan natin itong 15 days na ito para makabalik tayo sa GCQ,” Interior Secretary and NTF Vice-Chair Eduardo Año told the local chief executives, according to a news release issued on Thursday.
National Policy Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito G. Galvez Jr. cited the importance of securing timely and accurate data, especially in crafting policy guidelines and recommendations.
Galvez encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to work closely with the IATF and NTF, especially in sharing vital information that would help the government improve its anti-coronavirus prevention and mitigation measures as per reports from the Philippine News Agency.
“Information is the only determinant for our decision-making process. Kailangan na mayroon tayong collaborative data collection,” he said.