CURFEW in Manila is now back to 8 p.m. under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) as about 400 members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) under Dennis Viaje were deployed by Mayor Isko Moreno as ‘COVID marshalls’ to aid in its implementation, along with the basic health protocols.
As such, Moreno said the MTPB enforcers were fielded to augment uniformed personnel and mingle with the communities in plain clothes, serving the purpose of reminding the public on health protocols like the mandatory wearing of masks and watching their physical distancing.
Viaje said half of their team on the other hand, will continue to maintain traffic and discipline in the streets which is their main job.
“Makikisalamuha sila sa komunidad na parang ordinaryong tao as plainclothes para magsaway at magpaalala ukol sa health protocols at curfew. Pag nagkakulitan na, we will ask the Manila Police District (MPD) to implement strictly existing laws,” the mayor said, stressing that they mean to implement existing laws, citing the number of parents who were charged for allowing minors in the streets during curfew hours.
Moreno said that in the two weeks that the metro is, they will assess how effective the concept of ‘COVID marshalls’ is and if it helped in the fight against the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Moreno announced that the old quarantine passes may be used by the residents under the guidelines issued by the Manila barangay bureau (MBB), as curfew hours are now 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. once again, from the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. being enforced before the MECQ was announced by Pesident Duterte.
Moreno also stressed that drinking in the streets as well as playing, just loitering around or engaging in any form of leisure activities are prohibited, specially gatherings.
MBB Director Romeo Bagay said that the odd-even scheme will be employed in the use of the quarantine passes.
Those with passes ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Holders of passes ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 0), on the other hand, may go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The use of passes on Sundays is still being threshed out.
Bagay said that only one per family may be allowed to use the pass, provided he or she is aged between 21 and 59 only, unless the pass holder lives alone or is among those authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Going out is limited to buying essentials like food and medicines and barangay checkpoints may be set up to limit those entering a barangay to residents only or have legitimate transactions allowed by the IATF.
“Those working in private companies may present their company IDs while stallholders or vendors in public markets may present a certification from the market master while those tending ‘talipapas’ may obtain certification from the barangay chairman concerned,” Bagay added.