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Senators back localized lockdowns

Hananeel Bordey

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday expressed his support to localized lockdowns and easing of quarantine protocols in the National Capital Region (NCR), saying that the implementation of total lockdowns in the entire Metro Manila has resulted in negative economic impacts which showed that the government should adopt a policy that will not cause further damage to the country’s bleeding economy.

“I support localized lockdowns. I support calls to ease restrictions in the National Capital Region. As we have seen for the past four months, the shotgun approach did little to contain the virus. If anything, the strategy only crippled our economy and left thousands of Filipinos jobless,” said Drilon.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, on the other hand, noted that localized lockdowns can work “without sacrificing the areas that are open for near normalcy already.”

Senator Francis Pangilinan, meantime, reiterated the need for mass testing, contact tracing and isolation to effectively combat the spread of the virus.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has previously recommended localized lockdowns to stop the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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