Sat. May 21st, 2022

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Tuesday has allowed accompanied minors to travel throughout the region which is currently under the more relaxed Alert Level 3.

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In a press conference, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said these minors, those aged below 18 years old, are allowed to travel in private vehicles and public utility vehicles (PUV) such as jeepneys or trains as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

“If they are not with their parent or guardian, they will be called out, and of course, the appropriate process will take place. This is to protect the children,” Abalos said in Filipino.

He said allowing “intrazonal and interzonal” travel of minors was based on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) “Guidelines on the Implementation of Alert Level System for Covid-19 Response in Pilot Areas.

“Travel in Metro Manila, within different zones, is allowed but is limited by reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities that can be determined by LGUs,” Abalos said in Filipino.

Thus, he said MMDA Resolution No. 21-24, series of 2021 was approved by the MMC – composed of Abalos and the 17 mayors in NCR – allowing minors to travel in NCR.

It said minors are being allowed to travel to obtain essential goods or for work in permitted industries and offices.

“Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status,” the resolution read.

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