Modified number coding scheme to take effect in Metro Manila on June 8 – MMDA
Robie de Guzman • June 4, 2020 • 1913
MANILA, Philippines – A modified number coding scheme with exemptions will be implemented in Metro Manila starting Monday, June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday.
In an advisory, the MMDA said the modified number coding scheme will take effect next week after it was approved by the Metro Manila Council in an online meeting held on May 26.
Based on MMDA Regulation 2020-001 series of 2020, the following vehicles are automatically exempted from the modified number coding scheme:
Private vehicles with two or more passengers including the driver, provided that physical distancing is strictly observed and all passengers are wearing face masks
Private vehicles driven by doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel
All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), as specified on the latest guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Operators of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) are required to put signage so they could easily be recognized as ride-hailing services, the MMDA said.
The agency earlier expressed hope that exempting the medical frontliners from the modified number coding scheme provides them ease and convenience to their daily transport.
Public transport operations resumed at reduced capacity on June 1 when Metro Manila and other areas shifted to general community quarantine after more than two months on enhanced community quarantine.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday (July 31) that he is again extending the implementation of general community quarantine(GCQ) in Metro Manila starting August 1 to 15.
Aside from the National Capital Region, the following areas are also placed under GCQ until August 15:
Meanwhile, the rest of the country are placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danny Lim has denied reports that local chief executives in the National Capital Region (NCR) have suggested to revert Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status.
In an interview, Lim denounced the reports as fake news saying that the Metro Manila Council of Mayors actually suggested extending the general community quarantine in NCR starting August 1.
President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is expected to announce the new quarantine measures on July 31 that will be implemented across the country. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Wednesday evening (July 15) to discuss the next steps with regard to the implementation of community quarantine in different parts of the country.
He is expected to decide on the new quarantine status that will take effect on Thursday, July 16.
According to Malacañang, there was no mention in the previous IATF meeting about easing quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila.
Specifically, there was no discussion about the shifting from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the National Capital Region considering the increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and the full utilization of the region’s critical care capacity.
“Hindi ko po alam dahil sa huling meeting ng IATF talagang hindi po na-discuss ang MGCQ for Metro Manila (I have no idea because in the previous IATF meeting there was no discussion about MGCQ for Metro Manila),” noted Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
The Philippines has entered the fourth month since the government imposed community quarantine orders due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Roque assured, meanwhile, that the NCR’s hospitals have enough beds for COVID-19 patients despite the announcement of Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega that the region’s intensive care system has now reached the danger zone.
“Ang pakiusap lang natin sa mga pasyente, makinig lang po tayo kung saan tayo dapat pumunta at huwag na tayong mag-insist (We only ask that patients listed [to authorities] where they are supposed to go and not insist [on what they want]),” Roque stressed.
“Huwag na tayong mag-worry kung puno ang isang ospital, ire-refer naman po kayo sa iba pang ospital, (Do not worry if the hospital is full because you will be accommodated in other hospitals),” he added. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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