The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hoping that the existing general community quarantine (GCQ) bubble all over Metro Manila and four other nearby provinces will not be extended beyond its April 4 deadline.

DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo mentioned in a televised briefing that it is possible to balance both the health and the reopening of the country as long as everyone will strictly observe minimum health protocols. 

“Kung tatanungin mo ang DTI, gusto na sana natin na mag open na ulit sa April 5,” Castelo said when asked if the DTI is keen on possibly extending the GCQ bubble. 

“That’s why we appeal to everyone, lahat tayo sama sama, tulong tulong na mapababa yung surge para makapagopen na tayo tuluy tuloy on April 5,” she added.

Under the two-week Greater Manila bubble, restaurants, cafes, and establishments were limited to delivery, take-out, and outdoor dining.

Meanwhile, gyms, spas, and internet shops were ordered closed in Metro Manila during the bubble.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez has already debunked the idea of tighter restrictions, explaining it will only lead to more problems beyond the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Ronald dela Cruz