Navotas City Rep. John Rey Tiangco will be shouldering the delivery fee of products that residents will buy or sell online as the city undergoes a two-week lockdown, Mayor Toby Tiangco announced Saturday (July 18).
The mayor wrote in a Facebook post that delivery services offered by the city’s NavoHatid riders within and outside Navotas will be free of charge starting Monday (July 20) until the end of lockdown on July 29.
This came about as thousands of the city’s residents were ordered anew to strictly follow stay-at-home protocols in a bid to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
On July 17, the local government ordered the police to no longer acknowledge the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-issued permits for online sellers dated July 16, 2020 onwards.
Mayor Tiangco said this is because the local government had received a surge of applicants “who were not really online sellers.”
“Nag-a-apply [sila] ng DTI permits para lang makalabas at malusutan ang polisiya natin sa online sellers (They are applying for DTI permits to be able to go outside and outsmart our policies),” because online sellers are allowed outside their homes during the lockdown, he said.