The Metro Manila Council (MMC), composed of National Capital Region (NCR) mayors and national government officials, will impose a uniform and longer curfew hours starting March 15 in response to the surged of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the region.
In a virtual presser on Thursday, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos said the MMC agreed on implementing uniform curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for two weeks in the NCR.
“A resolution is being drafted and will be signed by all mayors. This will only be for two weeks. Kung ito ay may improvement, maaaring tanggalin na po ito (if there will be improvement, we may remove this),” Abalos said.
He said essential workers, such as those working for restaurant or food delivery services, will still be allowed outside during curfew hours but must present their work identification card or certificate.
“Even with the curfew, establishments like food deliveries can operate 24 hours, yung mga (those) essential services,” Abalos said.
The decision, he said, was made after health experts from the Department of Health (DOH) and the University of the Philippines (UP) Octa Research team warned the MMC of the “alarming” number of new Covid-19 cases.“We had a meeting with the UP Octa Research team. And from February 4 to 10, new cases per day is at 360. From March 4 to 10 — from 360 — it reached 1,411 in the NCR. And according to their figures, from 8 percent of new cases, it reached 60 percent from March 4 to 10. The numbers are quite alarming as far as NCR mayors are concerned,” Abalos said. SOVEREIGNPH