MMDA suspends truck ban in ECQ areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2021   •   1421

MANILA, Philippines—Truck ban in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is temporarily suspended, according to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In a Twitter post, the agency announced that truck ban is suspended along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. This is to ensure the deliveries of essential goods in areas under ECQ will be unhampered.

The MMDA, however, clarified that total truck ban is still implemented along EDSA.

The ECQ will last until April 4 in NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal. AAC

MMDA extends suspension of truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of the truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14.

The MMDA said this is to ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods. Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after President Rodrigo Duterte announced its extension on Wednesday evening (April 28).

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The said suspension of the truck ban, however, will only be imposed in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila except on EDSA and Roxas Blvd. AAC

MMDA clarifies community pantries urged to coordinate with LGUs, permits not required

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has clarified that the agency is only urging community pantries to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and is not requiring them to apply for a permit.

On Wednesday (April 28), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia reiterated helping fellowmen should not require any permits.

What needs to be done, Garcia added, is to make sure that the people queueing in community pantries should be safe from getting infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and other health protocols.

Ang nilabas lang nating resolution is ‘urging strongly’ ang ating organizers makipag-coordinate sa ating LGUs, barangay, sa mga mayor nila para at least ang minimum health protocol maipatupad natin (The resolution only said that it ‘urging strongly’ the organizers to coordinate with LGUs, barangay, mayors so that, at least, the minimum health protocol is implemented), he said.

Garcia said the MMDA only seeks to provide assistance to the organizers of community pantries in keeping the people safe from the virus spread. AAC

MMDA shortens curfew hours in Metro Manila beginning May 1

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has issued a resolution imposing shorter unified curfew hours in Metro Manila beginning May 1.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia on Wednesday (April 28) said the shorter curfew hours would pave way for the economy to adjust amid the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The unified curfew will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. in areas in Metro Manila to be imposed by local government units.

In-adjust namin ang curfew kahit papano po makaktulong po ito sa ekonomiya at the same time mamo-monitor pa rin natin ang mga nasa kalsada na walang naman kailangan gawin ay mapauwi po natin sila (We adjusted the curfew which would somehow help the economy and, at the same time, still monitor individuals still on the streets and if they have no important errands to do, we can send them home),” he said.

The previous curfew in Metro Manila was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Several establishments are also allowed to extend their operations, Garcia added, as long as minimum health protocols are strictly followed.

Metro Manila Mayors have previously recommended imposing a flexible modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to slightly open the economy and at the same time continue to impose restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Alam naman natin na kapag nag-GCQ (general community quarantine), pwede ka nang tumawid kahit saan. Wala nang higpit sa mga borders. Unlike kung MECQ tayo at ang ating karatig probinsya ay naka-GCQ, MGCQ kahit papaano mako-control nating ang mga borders natin (We know that under GCQ we can cross borders anywhere. There are no restrictions. Unlike under MECQ with neighboring provinces under GCQ, MGCQ we can still control our borders),” Garcia said.

The MMDA said it will follow the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases if it will allow non-essential personnel to leave and enter the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus as part of border control measures. AAC

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