By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that trucks carrying medical supplies and food items were exempted from the truck ban along EDSA and other roads starting Monday.
“Trucks carrying medical supplies and food items are exempted from the truck ban implemented along EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila covered by the regulation, starting today, March 16, until further notice,” the MMDA said in an advisory.
Last week, the agency indefinitely suspended the number coding scheme for private and public vehicles after President Duterte has placed the entire National Capital Region (NCR) under a “community quarantine” to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The MMDA has also temporarily suspended all transactions at its Redemption Office until March 27 “as safety measure against the further spread of COVID-19.”
At midnight on Sunday, the NCR-wide community quarantine took effect with personnel from the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines setting up checkpoints at various entry points of the metropolis.
People wishing to pass the border of Metro Manila were asked to present their identification cards. Their temperatures were also checked by authorities using forehead thermo scanners.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, the Philippines has 140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 12 deaths in total, according to the Department of Health.
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