Cavitex, Calax remain open amid Luzon lockdown


Posted at Mar 17 2020 05:33 PM

MANILA - The Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) will remain open amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, the Metro Pacific Tollways said Tuesday.

"...We shall deploy a skeletal workforce to ensure safe passage. As part of our culture of safety, we have implemented a work-from-home arrangement for office-based personnel," it said in a statement.

The road operator said authorities -- such as health and emergency frontline services, police and military personnel and others -- may set up at Cavitex, Calax and C5 link.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, in efforts to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has claimed at least 12 lives in the country.

“I am placing the entire mainland of Luzon under quarantine until April 12, 2020 coinciding with the entire end of the Holy Week. Let me make myself clear, this is not martial law,” Duterte said in a public address.

The enhanced community quarantine which is equivalent to an “absolute lockdown or total lockdown” is effective “immediately,” Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo said. However, establishments offering basic services and goods meanwhile will be allowed to operate.

Strict home confinement in all households, suspended transportation lines, regulated provision for food and essential health services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce isolation procedures were put in place Tuesday.

Metro Pacific Tollways said motorists who need to buy or transport necessities through its expressways can use their EasyTrip RFID to ensure social distancing mandated by the health department.