Even with Metro Manila now under uniform curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., essential workers do not require special passes, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos.
In a virtual press conference held on March 11, Abalos stated that essential workers and individuals with irregular shifts such as those in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, need only show their employee IDs to avoid apprehension.
“As long as they show their IDs that they are workers in essential industries, wala hong problema. It’s part of the classification of GCQ (general community quarantine),” he said.
The imposition of curfew comes after a recent surge in Covid19 infections, believed to be due to newer strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus now in the country.
Independent research group OCTA presented their data on the rising case trend of Covid19 to Metro Manila government heads, and the curfew was enacted in order to help curb the disease’s spread.
The curfew will be enforced for two weeks, in the 17 cities and municipalities that make up the National Capital Region (NCR).
Photo: Philippine Star