MMDA: We’re all adjusting to community quarantine

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Allysa Nievera

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief Bong Nebrija said on Monday that it may take three to five days before people adjust to the community quarantine situation amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

Stranded passengers wait for available ride along Roxas Blvd. Cor. MIA Road as the Government implements Social Distancing as precautionary method against COVID-19 on the second day of Community Quarantine of Metro Manila. (JANSEN ROMERO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Stranded passengers wait for available ride along Roxas Blvd. Cor. MIA Road as the Government implements Social Distancing as precautionary method against COVID-19 on the second day of Community Quarantine of Metro Manila. (JANSEN ROMERO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Everybody’s getting the feel of this, even the government side, this is something new for all of us. Maybe it will take three to five days before everybody settles to this kind of situation – the checkpoints, social distancing, and through it all, the enforcement on the side of the government,” Nebrija said in a report from CNN Philippines.

Commuters struggled during the first work day of the implementation of the community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“There are less cars today, however, the challenge is the social distancing in buses that’s why we see a lot of commuters on the ground right now who are stranded. This comes from Commonwealth extending up to EDSA,” Nebrija said.

Public utility vehicles (PUVs) were not able to accommodate all passengers due to observance of social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Checkpoints were placed in Metro Manila borders to comply with the measure of the quarantine, people without proof employment or other valid document/s will be prohibited to enter and leave the region.

The Metro Manila quarantine was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, several provinces declared community quarantine due to escalating cases of COVID-19.

The Metro-quarantine will be until April 14, 2020.

 
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