President Rodrigo Duterte on Easter Sunday said the promise of salvation should inspire Filipinos to look ahead for new beginnings and move forward with stronger faith and compassion for others as the country collectively strive to overcome the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“My warmest greetings to all Filipino Christians here in the Philippines and around the world as we celebrate Easter Sunday. Today, we are joined together in the spirit of victory through the Resurrection of Christ. The glory of Eastern gives us all a profound message of hope in the midst of suffering and an assurance of triumph over adversity,” Duterte said in his Easter Sunday Message.
On Black Saturday, Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emergency Infectious Diseases, extending the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal for at least another week, from 5 to 11 April amid the ongoing spike in the Covid cases.
“May this cornerstone of Christianity guide us as we pursue our shared aspirations for a better and safer future for our people. A blessed Easter to all!” Duterte added.
The one-week ECQ in the NCR bubble plus was scheduled to end on Sunday after being implemented on 29 March.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government would review the country’s Covid-19 data to determine whether the Greater Manila Area could be placed under modified ECQ — a more relaxed lockdown status.
The government also required the national government and the pandemic czars to monitor if the country’s strategies have been effective in reducing Covid-19 cases.
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