New unified curfew announced as Metro enters MECQ

Published April 11, 2021, 6:39 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Metro Manila mayors have decided to implement new unified curfew hours for the National Capital Region (NCR) during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) period, which will begin Monday, April 12.

(Photo by Ali Vicoy / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos said the mayors have agreed to implement unified curfew hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting April 12 until the end of MECQ on April 30.

The new period of restriction effectively replaces the 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that was observed during the latest ECQ period in NCR, which lasted from March 29 to April 11.

Abalos also noted that under the new rules approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), local chief executives have the power to adjust curfew hours in the NCR, or Metro Manila.

The “unified” nature of the curfew means that it will be imposed in all 17 local government units (LGUs) in the metropolis.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC), composed of the 17 LGUs of Metro Manila, is the policy- making body of the MMDA.

MMDA officials led by Abalos and the mayors have been holding marathon hearings the past few days amid the expected reclaffi reclassification of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, authorized persons outside residence (APOR) are still exempted from the curfew provided they show proof of identification or certificate of employment to authorities, the MMDA said.

 
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