Tue. May 11th, 2021

Metro Manila mayors have arrived at a consensus to shorten curfew hours in the metropolis to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. after April 30, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said Wednesday.

Until April 30 or when the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will end, the curfew hours in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region is from from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“They have also decided to shorten the curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. As far as curfew is concerned, it is within the power of local government units but they opted to have unified curfew or curfew guidelines in the National Capital Region,” Abalos told a national daily.

In another interview, Abalos said the shortening of the curfew hours to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. will allow some businesses in Metro Manila to recover amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Abalos made the pronouncement as OCTA Research urged the government to retain the MECQ status in Metro Manila until the reproduction rate of Covid-19 is less than 0.9.

Metro Manila’s reproduction rate is currently at 0.93.

Besides Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, the City of Santiago in Isabela, Quirino (Region 2), and Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region are also under MECQ.

Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya (Region 2), Batangas (Region 4-A), Tacloban City (Region 8), Iligan City (Region 10), Davao City (Region 11), and Lanao del Sur (BARMM), and Quezon are under general community quarantine (GCQ).The rest of the Philippines is under the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). SOVEREIGNPH

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