Metro Manila Mayors agree to lift curfew

For those wondering about whether curfew will be lifted in Metro Manila, we have some good (or bad) news. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos announced that the Metro Manila curfew will be lifted starting tomorrow, November 4, 2021.

Currently, the curfew hours run from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 AM. With the curfew set to be lifted on November 4, the public can now stay out beyond midnight, and businesses can operate at longer hours. According to the Abalos, the lifting of curfew is in consideration of malls, which the MMDA asked to operate at later hours to manage the increase in traffic.

"The lifting of curfew hours in Metro Manila will help spread out influx of people coming to and from malls to further reduce the risk of virus’ transmission," said Abalos.

But what does it mean for drivers and motorists? The Philippine National Police (PNP) has yet to make an official statement, but PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar did previously say that police personnel are ready to secure the streets should the curfew be lifted. With that, expect their continued presence in various streets and communities to manage and remind the public of the safety standards. However, there will likely be fewer checkpoints around Metro Manila, and officers will no longer cite people for violating curfew.

The curfew in Metro Manila is one of the longest in the world, having been in place since the first spike of cases in March 2020. With active cases dropping, it seems Metro Manila Mayors have decided to lift it entirely. Meanwhile, the national government has decided to place Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 from Nov. 1 to 14.

What do you think of the MMDA's decision to lift curfew in Metro Manila? Is it too early, or is it about time they removed it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.