By Jonathan Hicap
The boundary between Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna was not closed by authorities last night as scheduled, contrary to the order of President Duterte banning travel in and out of Metro Manila under a community quarantine.
Personnel from the Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) were already putting roadblocks at the boundary when an instruction was relayed to the police that instead of closing the border, only checkpoint will be implemented.
According to Muntinlupa spokesperson Tez Valencia-Navarro, they were also surprised that the road closure was not done as city personnel were ready to put the barriers to control traffic. At the checkpoint, police checked the temperature of passengers before they were allowed to pass through. All vehicles were still being allowed to go in and out of Muntinlupa as of press time.
At the Susana Heights toll gate in Muntinlupa, police and medical personnel from the city government were on hand to check the temperature of passengers in buses,jeepneys and private vehicles, according to Navarro.
Meanwhile, cinemas in Muntinlupa have stopped operating in adherence to the government’s campaign of social distancing.
“Amid the heightened alert on COVID-19, we will pause operations at SM Cinema branches in Metro Manila starting tomorrow, March 15, 2020. This is in compliance with Resolution #12 on Stringent Social Distancing Measures,” according to SM Center Muntinlupa.
Festival Mall in Alabang also announced that movie screenings will not be available from March 15 to April 12. Alabang Town Center also closed cinemas starting on March 15.