Metro Manila mayors to assess if two-week curfew needs to be extended

Published March 12, 2021, 2:24 PM

by Jean Fernando

Metro Manila mayors will assess if the two-week unified curfew in Metro Manila needs to be extended depending on whether the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) will continue to increase or slowly decline.

Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who also heads the Metro Manila Council (MMC) said during the Laging Handa Briefing said the 16 city mayors and one municipal mayor comprising the MMC will meet again to decide, depending on the data analysis, whether the imposition of unified curfew was able to help bring down the cases.

Olivares also said the strict implementation of curfew hours will also lessen loitering especially since more policemen will be deployed and check points will be set up at the boundaries or borders of each city.

He urged the public to follow the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the wearing of face masks, face shields, and observing physical distancing to stop the spread of the disease.

Metro Manila has recorded rising cases of two COVID-19 variants — the UK and the South African.

Olivarez admitted that some became relaxed under the General Community Quarantine which may be one of the factors behind the spike in cases in the NCR.

He said that liquor ban was not tackled during the meeting of the MMC last Thursday (March 11) but in Paranaque, the local government has started implementing the selling and serving of liquor only up to 8 p.m.