The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has backed the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the region until the first half of May, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos. 

On Wednesday (April 28), Abalos announced that the council decided to retain the MECQ classification in Greater Manila, which the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) recommended. 

“Iyon ang naging desisyon. We call it ‘hybrid MECQ,’” Abalos told Rappler

“It was presented to us by the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Economic Development Authority,” he revealed. 

Abalos said he discussed the issue with city mayors yesterday (April 27) – touching on the different classifications that have been used by the national government so far, which includes the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), general community quarantine (GCQ), and the modified ECQ (MECQ). 

Under the new quarantine classification, the curfew will be adjusted to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting May 1. Aside from this, new regulations will also allow the opening of commercial establishments on top of those that are considered essential.

“Starting po sa May 1, adjusted na po ang curfew. Hindi na po 8 p.m., 10 p.m. na. Iiklian na po ito. From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.,” Abalos shared in an interview with GMA’s Unang Balita.

“Ang napagkasunduan ng mga alkalde ay parang flexible MECQ. Ang tawag lang nito MECQ with additional business openings,” he added. 

Although other businesses will be allowed to operate, Abalos stressed that they’ll be taking into consideration the nature of the establishment as well as the implementation of border control. 

Abalos noted that a list of businesses will be created and will be under the review of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), DOH, and NEDA.

The proposal is expected to be forwarded to the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). 

President Rodrigo Duterte will make his decision on the matter later today (April 28). 

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