Eleazar agrees to prudence in Alert Level 2 status in Metro Manila

Eleazar agrees to prudence in Alert Level 2 status in Metro Manila

By Tracy Cabrera

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA — Amidst the record decrease of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila which prompted government authorities to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under the second-lowest peg in the alert level system, presidential adviser on entrepreneurship businessman Joey Concepcion enthused that it would be prudent to keep the metropolis under Alert Level 2 up to the end of the year.

“I consulted some restaurant owners and other business establishments, and we think alert level 2 is OK. Business establishments are doing well because more people are going out, there is more mobility, which is good and that’s what we need and consumer spending has started to kick in,” Concepcion said at the Laging Handa briefing.

“While we can qualify for alert level 1, prudence says stay at alert level 2 so that we can sustain this even until the year 2022,” he added, noting that the government has begun preparing for the possible entry of the Omicron variant with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) imposing stricter testing and quarantine requirements for travelers coming from overseas.

Concepcion’s pronouncement is in agreement with the opinion of Partido Reporma senatorial bet Guillermo Eleazar who said that we cannot throw caution out of the window just because things have become better and several businesses are now starting to reopen.

“Nag-ikot ako dito sa Makati, sa Greenbelt area at sa business district, nakita kong malaki ang improvement Kaya naniniwala tayo na okay naman iyong Alert Level 2. Nag babalik na ang mga negosyo at nakakalabas na ang mga tao. Pero kailangan pa ring maging maingat tayo. May banta pa rin ng Covid at ayaw nating masayang ang mga sakripisyo nating ginawa,” the former PNP chief enthused.

In recent developments in the government’s pandemic response, the IATF initiated the fine-tuning of the metrics for the alert level system being implemented in order to avoid a sudden escalation to higher alert levels in case of a surge in cases due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

In its latest resolution, the agency removed the one-week growth rate as a metric for escalation from alert level 1 to alert level 2, adding that areas on alert level 1 could be escalated to alert level 2 if either case classification or total Covid-19 bed utilization increases to moderate risk or higher.
It likewise clarified that areas on alert level 2 could also be escalated to alert level 3 if both case classification and total COVID-19 bed utilization were at moderate risk, or if case classification was at high to critical risk.

Based on the latest metrics, all areas in the country are now on Alert Level 2, the second most relaxed level that allows businesses to operate only at 50-percent indoor capacity and 70-percent outdoor capacity.

So far, business establishments have expressed satisfaction with the current alert level and most are in agreement that any positive development should not be misconstrued that we have already triumphed over Covid-19 because its threat is still a clear and present danger.

(ai/mtvn)

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