A GrabFood delivery of lugaw was denied entry into a barangay in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan by officials, stating that the dish is non-essential.
The incident went viral after the delivery rider’s video recording was posted online, drawing flak from netizens and officials alike.
As Bulacan is part of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus lockdown bubble, officials of the Muzon area stated that deliveries are prohibited under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
In the video taken by the rider, a barangay official is seen explaining that under ECQ deliveries are not allowed as people will continue to go out if they are.
The official continues on by stating that there is a curfew to be followed, and says lugaw is a non-essential as people can live without it, unlike water, milk and groceries.
Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) guidelines however, state that food delivery is allowed and to remain at full operational capacity.
Meanwhile, San Jose del Monte Police has reiterated that as per IATF guidelines, food delivery is allowed. They also noted that no formal complaints regarding the incident have been filed.
ECQ was implemented in NCR and five neighboring areas on March 29, in an effort to curb the on-going surge of Covid19 cases in the country.