President Duterte imposes ‘community quarantine’ for Metro Manila

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Metro Manila, beginning March 15, to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The chief executive on Thursday raised the Philippines’ COVID-19 alert to code red sub-level 2, as the country recorded over fifty coronavirus infections.

All mass transport in metro Manila will still be allowed to operate, but the public is advised to observe social distancing.

The LRT, MRT, PNR, shall continue in operation tuloy tuloy ang trabaho niyo, provided the dotr shall issue guidelines to ensure social distancing in said public transports.

The travel restrictions will last for 30 days and will be subject to daily review.

The president also ordered a ban on all mass gatherings.

Community quarantine is hereby imposed in entire of Metro Manila. In other areas the lgus are advised to abide by the ff guidelines: imposing localized community quarantine in respective jurisdictions. Takot sabihin lockdown but it is a lockdown there is no struggle of power here, walang away, walang giyera it’s just a matter of protecting and defending you from COVID-19.”

Suspension of classes has been extended until April 12.

Work in the executive branch also halted — during the same period, but Duterte said there must be a skeletal workforce to continue government operations.

Congress and the judiciary are encouraged to adopt the same policy.

The president also advised the private sector to impose stricter measures against COVID-19.

Flexible work arrangement should be encouraged in private sector.

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industries shall issue guidelines.

Members of the inter-agency task force on emerging infectious diseases are set to meet Friday and release a document to clarify specific details of the president’s order.

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