Metro Manila might transition to a much-relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status in November, according to Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who also chairs the Metro Manila Council. 

Olivarez said the transition will only happen if the decrease of new infections daily in Metro Manila will continue in the next few weeks and if health protocols will be enforced. 

Under MGCQ, more businesses will be allowed to operate as long as public health protocols will be observed, such as wearing face masks and observing social distancing. 

“Palagay ko po hanggang katapusan ng October na ito, matapos natin ang GCQ at hopefully with God’s graces, ito pong dadating na November baka mag-MGCQ na po tayo sa pahintulot ng ating mahal na Presidente,” Olivarez said during the Laging Handa presser on Wednesday.

Olivarez also added that all Metro Manila mayors will talk about loosening the quarantine protocols and curfew.

“Sa susunod po na meeting po namin, iyan po ay isa sa main agenda po natin para mabuksan na po natin ang economy,” he added.

Last week, the University of the Philippines OCTA Research Team said that the number of transmission, number of cases, positivity rate, and hospital resource utilization in the National Capital Region (NCR) are seemingly decreasing. 

“But this positive trend is not irreversible and significant efforts have to be undertaken by all stakeholders to sustain it,” added by OCTA. RJ Espartinez