Para sa ekonomiya: Treñas wants Iloilo City placed under GCQ

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has appealed to the government’s Covid-19 to grant the city’s request to de-escalate to general community quarantine (GCQ) to quell the impact of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) on the economy.

Treñas said the city’s COVID Team told him that there was “no other choice” but to reopen amid virus surge due to the economic losses brought about by the stricter quarantine status.

Under the “more permissive” GCQ, the local chief executive said that all establishments may open up to 30 percent capacity and that quarantine passes will no longer be required. (

Sale of alcoholic drinks will also resume, added Treñas. Public consumption, however, will remain prohibited.

“It is also understood by the COVID Team that we have no choice but to reopen because there are many complaining that they do not have any income left because they were not able to work. The city cannot just give away food assistance to all,” according to him.

Treñas said that he “heard the call” of small businesses to reopen, but asked for cooperation otherwise they may be penalized.