What’s the lockdown exit plan?

On May 15, most parts of the country will be out of community quarantine. Some will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) while Metro Manila, if not parts of it, and Cebu City will remain under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). With these developments, and considering that things will never be normal as the pre-Covid-19 situation, the question is: What is the country’s post-community quarantine exit plan?

In discussing about exit plans, there are at least five areas to look at. These include the health system, new social arrangements, food security, transportation and mobility, and commerce.

So far, only the Department of Agriculture (DA) has presented its plan — the “Grow, grow, grow” — a combination of the old plan topped-up with Covid-response. According to the DA, the target is to sustain, reboot, and grow the agriculture industry towards socio-economic recovery and resiliency. To achieve this, the Department will institute and the implement the usual strategies of modernization, industrialization, export promotion, farm consolidation and infrastructure development. In addition, a new strategy is being introduced — the ALPAS COVID-19 or Plant, Plant, Plant Program that will be implemented with its twin Resiliency Response and Restoration Program.

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