Not all cities in Metro Manila will shift to GCQ-DILG


Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday that only some cities and not the entire would shift to general community quarantine () after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ends on May 15.

“There are areas already in Metro Manila that are actually improving like San Juan and Valenzuela, but Quezon City is still really what we call a very high-risk area with the 1,000 positive,” Año said on ANC.


“Some cities in Metro Manila may be downgraded into GCQ, but we still have eight days to go, so we wait for data analytics,” he added.

As of May 6, the National Capital Region has recorded new 179 cases bringing to a total of confirmed cases to 6, 596. Of that number, 5,074 were active cases or those who neither died nor recovered.

NCR recorded 18 new deaths increasing the total to 468 and 74 recoveries (total of 1,054).


Metro Manila COVID-19 Cases

TotalActive CasesDeathsRecoveries
Las Piñas2011491141
Quezon City1,4571,039118300
San Juan2431443267


General Community Quarantine Guidelines

  • Workers under sector one, two, and three can work through work in a phased system
  • Children aged 0-20 and elderly aged 60 and above are still urged to stay home
  • Mall opening would be allowed except for leisure shops
  • Priority and essential construction projects could resume
  • Public transportation could resume at reduced capacity
  • Local Government Units could impose curfew during the night for non-workers
  • Social Amelioration Program budget for these provinces may be reallocated to those who are still under the enhanced community quarantine
  • Higher Educational Institutions are allowed to finish and give credentials to students
  • 100% closure of schools because virus transmitters are majorly the young people aged 0-20
  • Late re-opening of classes on September except for online learning
  • 100% closure of leisure facilities such as fitness gym and gaming shops
  • Prohibition of tourism and gatherings including religious conferences

Also read: List of provinces under General Community Quarantine

The IATF also gave options per industry for areas that could be shifted to GCQ from being under ECQ after evaluation:

  • Airports and ports could open but only for transportation of goods only
  • 100% opening of agriculture, poultry, and fishery industry as well as the manufacturing and food packaging
  • Opening of food retail and restaurants but for delivery and take-out only
  • Opening of hospitals, logistics, water, energy, internet, telecommunication, and media offices
  • 50% on-site work and 50% work from home operations
  • Opening of financial services, BPO, and other non-leisure retail trade and services