Vice President Leni Robredo: “Okay naman ‘yung granular lockdown pero hindi pwedeng ‘yun lang.”
On Sunday, Vice President Leni Robredo said that the granular lockdown was okay but it must come with testing, assistance, and contact tracing in order for it to be effective.
Robredo said on the BISErbisyong LENI program that the granular lockdown was okay but that should not be it alone.
“Okay naman ‘yung granular lockdown pero hindi pwedeng ‘yun lang. Kung magga-granular lockdown tayo, buhusan na natin ng test. Buhusan na natin ng trace. ‘Yung mga naka-lockdown, buhusan na natin ng ayuda para maging effective siya,” Robredo explained.
Robredo added that those with businesses, as long as they’re compliant with health protocols, should be allowed as they can be a source of healthcare services to workers.
Citing an interview with Congresswoman Stella Quimbo, Robredo said that studies showed that people have an access to healthcare services through work.
Furthermore, she said that whatever quarantine status or lockdown was implemented in the Philippines, the national government must do the basic measures — testing and tracing — in order to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.
Robredo’s comment came after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved granular lockdowns, in replacement of community quarantine classifications, starting September 8 with National Capital Region (NCR) as the pilot area.
On Saturday, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that the guidelines on granular lockdowns have yet to be finalized, but he shared in a radio interview with DZBB that only areas tagged as “COVID-19 hotspots” will be on hard lockdown while the rest of the capital region will be under general community quarantine (GCQ).