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Curfew Hours Shortened In Metro Manila

Curfew Hours Shortened In Metro Manila
Armed with rattan sticks or ‘yantok,’ members of the Southern Police District roam around Barangay Baclaran in Parañaque City on March 15, 2021, to remind the public of the implementation of the unified curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to curb the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Miguel de Guzman, The Philippine STAR

Metro Manila would have shorter curfew hours with the implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) with Alert Level 4 starting tomorrow, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, at a Palace press briefing Tuesday morning, said the curfew hours would revert to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting Sept. 16 until the end of month.

The implementation of the revised curfew hours was approved by all 17 Metro Manila mayors during a Metro Manila Council meeting, Abalos said.

Under the enhanced community quarantine and the modified ECQ (MECQ), the curfew hours in the National Capital Region was set from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The MMDA chairman also voiced preparedness for the new alert level system for the GCQ. Food packs and groceries would be given to individuals affected by granular lockdowns.

The first week of supplies would be shouldered by the local government unit, then the next week would be shouldered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

He also said that all local chief executives agreed to place the whole region under one quarantine classification, instead of per city implementation, because the borders among the cities are porous.

“In five minutes, you could be in Quezon City. You could be in Manila. It is mixed. So, it would be better if the whole region is under the same alert level,” he said. Vaccination in the region has been good, Abalos added, but the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant has been “a game changer.”

The chairman voiced confidence that the region would be able to fully vaccinate about 79% of the eligible population against COVID-19 by Oct. 12.

Meanwhile, the city of Muntinlupa said it would be opening its pre-registration for individuals aged 12 to 17 for COVID-19 vaccination.

Confusing

 Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said he prefers the old quarantine system classification over the new alert level system, which he called “confusing.”

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channelon Monday, Tiangco said it is better if the country sticks to the old quarantine system in place since last year.

Tiangco said a community quarantine system with different levels is more confusing.

“The problem with general community quarantine with alert level is it is difficult to understand,” Tiangco said in Filipino

He noted that GCQ Alert Level 4 is essentially just MECQ.

In a CNN Philippines interview yesterday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said GCQ Alert Level 4 is similar to GCQ with heightened restrictions.

GCQ with Alert Level 4 will just confuse the public that there are looser restrictions, Tiangco said.

“It’s been over a year with GCQ, MECQ and ECQ. Better to stick to these, so it would not be confusing,” Tiangco said, noting that local government units enforce granular lockdowns at any quarantine level. – With Marc Jayson Cayabyab