On the MECQ implementation

We understand that the effects of the recent implementation of modified enhanced quarantine (MECQ) measures in the National capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas would be felt two to three weeks after its enforcement. The incubation period for COVID-19, according to health experts, is fourteen (14) days so we just have to wait for that time to ascertain the health impact of the MECQ classification.

On the suggestion to make the MECQ effective for one month, this is a decision that has to be made by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). It entails a delicate balancing of protecting and saving people’s health to protecting and saving the economic health of the nation.