The National Economic and Development Authority supports the localized quarantine measures in areas showing high transmission rates as directed by Resolution number 104 of the IATF.
Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said, “We recognize the risks associated with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases but reverting back to a stricter and blanket community quarantine is no longer an option knowing how much it has cost the Filipino people in the past year. That is why a careful and calibrated approach is needed to address the sources of highest risks through localized quarantines and additional restrictions, so that jobs or livelihoods will not be affected.”
Chua said the issue is not simply economy versus health.
He added, “It is about addressing the total health of our people, whether from Covid, non-Covid sickness, or hunger. Rest assured that the government’s goal, first and foremost, is to save lives.”