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Duque to push frontliners’ ECQ recommendation

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque on Saturday assured medical frontliners that he would push their request to place the entire Metro Manila anew under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Duque said he would recommend the frontliners’ request to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) when they meet Saturday night.

The health secretary assured them that the government hears their concerns.

“Fellow health workers, please know that as the Secretary of Health, I hear your pleas—and I will present these to the IATF. We have noted in particular your call for a time-out for the NCR. We will bring it to the full attention of the IATF and present to them more comprehensive strategies to protect our ranks,” Duque said in a statement.

He assured them that the department continues to “care for our carers”.

He said, the government would continue to provide them lodging, transportation, PPE and food, while they are doing their job amid the continued rise in the number of cases of the virus.

He added that the department is pushing for more systematic reforms on compensation and benefits, including necessary network-based changes to healthcare practice.

Duque also assured that DOH is working with the National Task Force (NTF) in effectively implementing localized lockdowns and ensure that comprehensive support is provided by the national government.

“We will revisit and include the inputs we have gathered in our overall gameplan. The DOH will develop this strategy in coordination with our government and non-government counterparts in the next 7 days,” the secretary said.

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