Metro Manila mayors OK 2-week curfew as COVID-19 cases rise


Posted at Mar 11 2021 09:29 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2021 11:38 AM

Metro Manila mayors OK 2-week curfew as COVID-19 cases rise 1
Uniformed personnel of the JTF-NCR man the corner of Maceda and España boulevard in Manila as the “hard lockdown” was implemented on 8pm of April 23, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/file photo

MANILA (UPDATE) - Metro Manila mayors have agreed to implement a unified curfew in the capital region as the country continues to record high COVID-19 cases, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos confirmed Thursday. 

Abalos said local chief executives agreed on imposing a 2-week curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will start on Monday, March 15, 2021. 

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said they were only waiting for their respective city councils to pass the ordinance.

"The reason is that we are expecting that by April 1, IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) will make the pronouncement on the new quarantine status for the country," he told ANC Friday. 

City councils will also determine the penalties for COVID-19 rule flouters.

Teodoro stressed that city authorities would have to calibrate their capacity to enforce health protocols.

"Since we relaxed travel restrictions and other protocols we have on mobility and when we opened up several economic activities, more people came out from their houses [and] from their quarantine. So, our enforcement capacity [wasn't] able to cope with the number of people outside," he said.

Teodoro also said they had yet to agree on data sharing, contact tracing and having coordinated lockdowns to halt the COVID-19 spread.

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The proposal of imposing uniform curfew hours came as the country logged a record-high daily rise of 3,749, the highest since September last year. 

An official earlier said that a most of the newly-recorded cases have come from the capital region, home to about a tenth of the country's population.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier urged local government units in the capitol region to adopt uniform curfew hours to "make it easier for the public to comply." 

The reimposition of curfew also came as the country slowly rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination program, prioritizing health-care workers and soldiers.

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- With a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News