Malacañang asked for the public’s “concerted effort” in following safety protocols as the country shifts to the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ tomorrow, Monday.

“The government cannot fight Covid-19 alone. We need the concerted effort of everyone. The sacrifices of our people in the past 70 or so days are laudable and we must not put these to naught,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Sunday.

Roque had expressed the government’s “high confidence” that the public would adhere to the safety measures even under less stringent community quarantine protocols.

“As more sectors and industries begin to operate, let us continue cooperating with authorities in enforcing quarantine protocols. Let us take care of each other by wearing face masks/face shields, maintaining physical/social distancing, staying at home if/when need be and avoiding crowded places, and the like. Only then we can heal and rise as one,” Roque’s said.

On Twitter, the health department urged the public to avoid non-essential movement outside their homes.

President Rodrigo Duterte in his latest address told Filipinos that restrictive measures were being implemented to protect public health amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Central Visayas, Pangasinan and Albay provinces, and Davao and Zamboanga cities will be under GCQ starting tomorrow, while all other areas in the country will be placed under modified GCQ. John Ezekiel J. Hirro