Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday that it’s unlikely for Metro Manila’s general community quarantine (GCQ) status to be eased further after June 30. 

“I will not pre-judge pero sa tingin ko po ay GCQ po ang ating current quarantine classifications sa Metro Manila, e siguro po mahirap po magbago ng classification as of now,” Roque shared during a virtual press briefing on Monday. 

The Inter-agency Taskforce for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) will converge before the end of the month to discuss the new classification that will be implemented in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

At present, Metro Manila is under GCQ ‘with some restrictions.’ Meanwhile, other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) have been put under GCQ ‘with heightened restrictions.’

According to Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte will wait for recommendations from the IATF before making an announcement about new quarantine classifications. 

He adds that the IATF will also be consulting with local government units concerning their suggestions, which might take time. 

However, Roque assured that the President will announce an updated classification sometime this week.

The areas of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, which are all under the NCR Plus umbrella, are currently under GCQ. 

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