Mon. May 23rd, 2022

The police, local government authorities, and security personnel of business establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon randomly ask the public for vaccination cards as part of efforts to restrict the movement of the unvaccinated in the region.

(pna.gov.ph)

In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr. urged the public to always bring identification (ID) and their vaccination card whenever they go out in public.

“The national government, through the PNP, will work together with the LGUs and private establishments, such as malls, to ensure its implementation,” Abalos said in Filipino.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC)—composed of the 17 NCR mayors and the MMDA—earlier issued a resolution restricting the movement of the unvaccinated within NCR to help address the rising cases of Covid-19 and the threat of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.

He noted that the resolution will only take effect once LGUs draft and implement an ordinance to enforce the new protocol.

“This will be done by each city or by the municipal council of each LGUs. But it shouldn’t take long because we already have a template,” Abalos said in Filipino.

Once the restrictions are in place, he said only areas affected by granular lockdowns will be provided with “ayuda” (assistance) in the form of groceries.

“They are being assisted by the LGUs because they can’t go outside as they may infect somebody. They are given food, some assistance, and of course, by the DSWD,” Abalos said in Filipino.

On Monday, the MMC issued MMDA Resolution No. 22-01, series of 2022 urging LGUs to enact ordinances for “enhanced restriction” on unvaccinated individuals.

The resolution bars unvaccinated individuals from going outside their homes, except for the procurement of necessary goods and services such as groceries and work and individual exercise.

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