MMDA to tighten ECQ implementation

By Marjaleen Ramos

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it is eyeing to impose stricter guidelines for motorists during the enhanced community quarantine as number of violators in the National Capital Region increases.

"Kung paano ito mapipigilan, they are already discussing this and kung kailangan pa natin i-enhance ang ECQ, we might go to that kasi we barely have two weeks to go before we transition to the 'new normal'," MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Nebrija also added that there are instances that people gather in markets such as in Balintawak market and Q-Mart in Quezon City without observing physical distancing.

"We cannot transition to that if we keep on violating the guidelines of ECQ," he said.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the operations of all land transport modes including passenger buses, jeepneys, taxis, transport network vehicle service (TNVS), FX, UV Express, Point-to-Point (P2P) buses.

DOtr also said use of private vehicles will be allowed only when buying basic necessities, but one person per household will be authorized to go outside.

The entire Luzon was placed under an enhanced community quarantine last March 16.