By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
The government is set to finalize the guidelines for the suspension of travel to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) to avoid confusion once the community quarantine in Metro Manila takes effect on Sunday, March 15.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said there will be exemptions to the rule, particularly on cargo, goods, produce, patients seeking medical attention in Metro Manila, and workers in NCR but living outside the quarantined area. However, he said these will have to be ironed out first.
Nograles said residents of NCR should not worry about the supplies of produce, foods, and other supplies in groceries as the transport of goods will remain subject to guidelines.
“We will flesh out the details on exemptions para sa mga pasyente, cargo, mga empleyadong papasok sa trabaho, pati government officials na exempted dahil kailangang pumunta sa ibat-ibang lugar (for patients, cargo, employees, even government officials who are going to different places),” he said.
“You can show your ID pero (but) is that sufficient? A company ID? Those are things na kailangan nating lagyan ng (that we need to have) guidelines,” he added.
According to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, drivers and other passengers of vehicles entering Metro Manila will undergo random inspection.
Nograles said private motorists will likewise be covered by the travel ban, noting that police officials will be placed in the borders of Metro Manila.
“Hindi ka pwede lumabas at pumasok ng Metro Manila hanggat may mapakita kang proof sa (You cannot enter or leave Metro Manila unless you show proof to) law enforcers that you’re part of the exemption,” Nograles said.
According to Nograles, international travel into Metro Manila will be allowed, subject to travel restrictions. Filipinos flying home from abroad will be allowed, subject to quarantine restrictions
Foreigners flying to their home countries abroad will also be allowed to leave but anyone flying to Ninoy Aquino International Airport from abroad will remain in Manila starting March 15.
He advised foreign travelers to land in airports outside Metro Manila if their destination is not in NCR.