Inilahad ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos na payag na ang mga alkalde ng Metro Manila na babaan ang minimum age restriction ng mga menor de edad na puwedeng lumabas sa ilalim ng General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Mula sa 18 taong gulang, payag na umano ang mga alkaldeng ibaba ito sa 15 taong gulang. “For the record, we had a meeting last Thursday (Feb. 11) about this issue at ‘yun nga, ang unang pinag-usapan is about the age. Para sa amin, pinaka-importante ‘yung edad,” ani MMDA Chairman Abalos.
Ayon pa kay Chairman Abalos, may mga suhestiyon din silang natanggap na ibaba sa hanggang limang taong gulang ang minimum age restriction ngayong GCQ subalit hindi umano nila ito pinayagan.
“We opposed this, sabi namin mas mabuti siguro gradual muna and we were given time to consult with the mayors,” paliwanag ni Chairman Abalos.
Dagdag pa niya, “Importante kasi sa mga bawat alkalde na magkaisa ang kalakhang Maynila. Kasi magkakatabi lang ‘yan, eh. Hindi pwedeng iba-iba polisiya, baka kumalat ang sakit.”
Kamakailan, pinayagan na ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases ang paglabas ng mga menor de edad na may edad sampu hanggang 15 taong gulang para sa non-essential travel sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng Modified General Community Quarantine.
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