MANILA, June 17 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) on Thursday said it is ready to implement measures for the re-tightening of restrictions should Metro Manila be placed under the stricter Alert Level 2.

“Lagi tayong handa diyan. Kung ngayon sabihin na ganito po ang standard  natin…agad-agaran po nating ipapatupad ‘yan,” said I-ACT chief Charlie del Rosario at the Laging Handa public briefing.

“Hindi natin lalagyan ng kadahilanan na hindi kayang ipatupad. Ipapatupad natin kung ano ang kautusan,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the recommendation to retain Metro Manila and several areas in the country will remain under Alert Level 1 — the most relaxed in the COVID-19 alert system — from June 16 until the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term on June 30, 2022.

This comes after the Department of Health (DOH) warned the Metro may be placed under Alert Level 2 if the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the capital region continues to rise.

Under the stricter Alert Level 2, certain establishments and activities are allowed at 50 percent capacity indoors for fully vaccinated adults (and minors, even if unvaccinated), and 70 percent capacity outdoors. Intrazonal and interzonal movements are also allowed.

Del Rosario, for its part, assured the public that I-ACT is continuing the implementation of minimum public health standards in public transportation including the wearing of masks.

Further, he said “balance” must be kept between the economy and public health safety following calls to limit mobility in the capital region anew due to the uptick in its COVID-19 cases.

“Ako’y naniniwala na dapat tingnan at balansehin sa pang ekonomiya na kadahilanan  at ganun na rin po sa health issues,” said Del Rosario.

“Di po natin pwede basta bastang sabihin na hindi dapat o dapat. Ang tinitingnan po natin dyan, may mga eksperto na makakapagsabi nyan at kung ano po hihilingin sa atin, ‘yun ang ating ipapatupad,” he added. (MNS)

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