“I really believe, we really should begin opening,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30.
“You know, you put NCR, CALABARZON, that is where the economy is based. About 60 percent or 67 percent of our economy is based on that area. That should move more to the MGCQ as quickly as possible because people have to start working,” he explained.
He said that for “we should monitor it on a — maybe on a barangay level and if you know, the cases go up, just close it down. But do it on a place to place. And do it also on a company-to-company basis. So if the company has big spike, close it down also.”
The finance secretary said “we have to face the new reality. The reality today is that the virus is not going to go away. And we will have to live with it for a long period of time.”