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