Take note of these updated new rules
Now that Metro Manila is on alert level 3, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. announced last Tuesday, October 19, that minors (below 18 years old) can now travel within the region, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult or guardian, as released by the Philippine News Agency.
This includes traveling within Metro Manila in both private and public utility vehicles like jeepneys and trains. “Kung ito ay walang kasama na magulang o guardian, sisitahin ang mga bata, at of course, ang kaukulang proseso ay gagawin. Ito ay po ay ginagawa para proteksyunan ang mga bata (If they are not with their parent or guardian, they will be called out, and of course, the appropriate process will take place. This is to protect the children),” says Abalos.
The decision to allow “intrazonal and interzonal” travelling of minors is based on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) “Guidelines on the Implementation of Alert Level System for Covid-19 Response in Pilot Areas.
“Ang pag-biyahe dito sa loob ng Kalakhang Maynila, within different zones, ay pinapayagan ngunit ito rin ay pwede rin na ayon sa reasonable restrictions base sa edad at kapansana na pwedeng i-determine ng mga local government units (LGU) [Travel in Metro Manila, within different zones, is allowed but is limited by reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities that can be determined by LGUs],” adds Abalos.
The MMDA Resolution No. 21-24, series of 2021, was approved by the Metro Manila Council which is comprised of Abalos and the 17 mayors in National Capital Region. It’s noted that minors are being allowed to travel to obtain essential goods or for work in permitted industries and offices.
“Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status,” it is stated in the resoultion.