Isko: Cooperate with 8 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno and majority floorleader Joel Chua meet regarding the curfew ordinance. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

THE 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in Manila was officially implemented beginning last Monday night.

This was announced yesterday by Mayor Isko Moreno, who also called for everybody’s cooperation and support to ensure that the aim of containing and delaying the peak of the coronavirus will be a success citiwide.

Moreno said that the curfew’s enforcement became effective immediately yesterday, after the Manila City Council’s majority floorleader Atty. Joel Chua manifested on the floor for the immediate implementation of the said ordinance that contained the guidelines for the imposition of the curfew.

Just the same, many barangays in the city have carried out dry-run implementation as early as Sunday evening to make the public aware.

The said ordinance was passed unanimously by the Manila City Council headed by vice mayor and presiding officer Honey Lacuna and Chua, during a special session held Sunday evening and whose result was awaited by Moreno in his office.

Exempted from the ordinance are those considered as emergency cases or who are out for the purpose of purchasing food, medicines, basic necessities and prime commodities or those who are work-related travel.

Moreno has directed barangay officials to enforce the curfew and asked the public to do their share by cooperating, stressing that the move is for the good of everybody and could help save lives.

The said ordinance was passed pursuant to a Metro Manila Council resolution which was an offshoot of the community quarantine now required to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Chua explained that while ordinances usually undergo publication period and wait for ten days before implementation, Moreno asked for them (councilors) to iron out a solution since he and Lacuna want the curfew to be immediately implemented in view of the urgency of the coronavirus situation.

Meanwhile, Moreno had tested negative for the virus after having undergone self-quarantine for 48 hours.