A two-week curfew in Metro Manila takes effect today, March 15, 2021. Between the hours of 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM the next day, no one is allowed to venture out of their homes unless it is absolutely necessary.
With cases spiking in the last few days, members of the Metro Manila council decided that a curfew would be the best course of action. Despite that, there are still frontliners and members of the workforce that need to be on duty.
To clear this matter up, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has released a list of people that are exempted from the Metro Manila curfew and are listed below.
-Medical practitioners, nurses, ambulance drivers and other workers of medical facilities while on their way to and from work
-Attendants of other persons dealing with an emergency medical situation
-Persons who are obtaining emergency medical assistance for themselves or for other persons
-Drivers of delivery trucks while on their way to deliver essential goods/products
-Owners, vendors, and other persons involved in the transport and delivery of essential goods
-Private employees such as call center agents while on their way to and from work
-Construction workers while on their way to and from work
-Media practitioners while performing their job
-Persons who are traveling to or from the airport prior to or after a flight
-Drivers of private transportation used as shuttle services while on their way to and from work
-Members of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), including Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other emergency responders
-security guards; and employees of open fast-foods (take out only)
If you happen to be in any of the fields listed above and go to work between 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, you are exempted from the curfew. Should you be questioned by the PNP, all you have to do is to state your intention and present a valid work ID.
PNP OIC Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar stressed that the public should avoid unnecessary confrontation and spare themselves from being arrested by respecting the rules regarding minimum health safety protocols, as well as the curfew itself.
“The keyword here is respect. If we know how to respect one another, I assure you of smooth curfew implementation. Let us always bear in mind that your PNP is not the enemy here, our common enemy is the coronavirus and it takes our cooperation to contain the spread of the virus,” said Eleazar.
If you don't have any obligations or emergencies to attend to during the two-week curfew, it would be best to head straight home.