Ever since the country was put under community quarantine last March, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lifted the number coding scheme. It made sense considering only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) should be out on the road, and everyone else should be at home. Nearly six months have passed since community quarantine was implemented, yet the number coding continues to be lifted to this day. This has made a lot of people wonder when the number coding scheme will return.

For those wondering when number coding will return, it seems it will only resume should public transportation normalizes once more. This was what MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia told us at AutoIndustriya when we reached out. Considering public transport will still be limited even under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), it might take a while before the number coding scheme officially resumes. As such, the number coding scheme will only recommence when community quarantine measures imposed by the government are fully lifted already.

However, motorists are urged to check with their local government units (LGUs). Do remember, some LGUs, such as Makati, often have their version of the number coding schemes which motorists in the area must follow.

So for those asking, as long as the public transport is still limited in Metro Manila, number coding will remain lifted. At least now you don’t have to ask the MMDA every week whether number coding has resumed. Just make sure your own LGU doesn’t have one in place.

Even if number coding remains lifted, this should not be an excuse for you to go out just for fun as there is still the threat of COVID-19 present.