Pasig City Hall Returns to a Minimal Workforce After Calls to Reimpose ECQ

Metro Manila's frontliners have declared the need to return to an ECQ.

(SPOT.ph) After frontliners sounded the alarm on August 1—calling for a two-week ECQ in Metro Manila as COVID-19 cases continue to rise—Mayor Vico Sotto has made a point with his administration's latest order. Pasig City Hall is returning to a skeleton workforce for two weeks starting on August 3 until August 16. Meanwhile, health-related offices, hospitals, peace and order offices, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices will remain at full-force.

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"Punong-puno ang mga ospital sa rehiyon. Public and private. Let's all do our part," wrote the mayor in a comment to his post. "Bukod sa trabaho at pagbili ng essential goods, sa bahay na lang muna tayo." 

Medical frontliners earlier urged government officials to place Mega Manila (Read: Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa) back under an enhanced community quarantine from August 1 to August 15. "We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action," wrote Dr. Mario Panaligan, Philippine College of Physicians president, in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte. 

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III responded with a statement on August 1. "We hear you," he wrote. According to him, the Department of Health will revisit the points and strategies they have in the "overall gameplan" and will come up with a strategy with government and non-government bodies "in the next [seven] days."

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