Majority of Metro Manila’s mayors have voted for the capital region’s shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive lockdown classification, in March.

Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said this in a DZBB interview on Thursday.

He said nine mayors voted in favor of MGCQ, while eight voted for the region to remain under general community quarantine.

Metro Manila has not been under MGCQ since the imposition of community quarantines in the country.

Once the region’s mayors finalize their stance, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases will have to make the recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte, who will make the final call.

The National Economic and Development Authority earlier recommended placing the country under MGCQ to reduce hunger and restart jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Metro Manila has recorded almost 230,000 Covid-19 cases as of Feb. 18. John Ezekiel J. Hirro