MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Saturday announced a one-month curfew in the National Capital Region (NCR) starting March 15 as part of the measures to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said all Metro Manila mayors have agreed on the implementation of a curfew over the region.
“We passed a resolution unanimously approved, walang kumontra at lahat nagkaisa (no one disagreed), we will be having a curfew in Metro Manila from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.,” Garcia said in a press conference.
The exemptions include workers and people whose movements are “essential” such as doctors, health personnel, and those delivering food.
Garcia added that groceries and markets will remain open in the entire period.
“Ang hinihingi lang po namin ay one month kasi po kapag na-contain natin ang virus na ito in two weeks, 14 days lang hindi na po ito kakalat (We are only asking one month because once we contain the virus in two weeks, it won’t spread anymore),” he said.
The curfew is the latest announcement following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a community quarantine or the limiting of entry and exit in the capital region.
Garcia said the community quarantine is only meant to regulate or limit the movement of people.
“To limit the spread of the virus, we need to limit also the movement of people. What they call lockdown, actually the purpose of that is really slowing the movement of people in Metro Manila,” he added.
Department of the Interior and Local Government chief Eduardo Año, meanwhile, advised the public to schedule its activities before the set curfew.
“We are in a different time (and) situation, we need cooperation. We really have to regulate the movement of the people,” he said. (PNA)