Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said that what is in place in the entire Metro Manila now is a “general community quarantine” designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Under the memorandum released by the Palace, “movement of people shall be limited to accessing basic necessities and work; and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points,” under a general quarantine. This will be implemented in the National Capital Region until April 14, subject to regular evaluation.
Año in a media briefing explained that starting March 15, workers and employers have to present IDs, certificates of employment, business permits, and other documents to be able to enter Metro Manila.
“Anything that would prove. Kasi sa ngayon limited ang makakapasok dito. Kapag napatunayan natin na meron kang valid reason e iaallow ka pero kung wala, we’ll be very, very strict,” Año said.
“Hindi mo naman siguro ikamamatay yung hindi mo pagpasok ng [Metro] Manila, magagawa mo pa rin naman siguro yung gagawin mo sa probinsya,” he added.
Meanwhile, local government units can take the restrictions to the next level by imposing an “enhanced community quarantine”, Año said.
“Ito ang talagang tinatawag nating total lockdown. Kapag ginawa natin ‘yan, wala nang lalabas ng bahay. Wala na ring papapasukin. Absolute. Except kung may madedesignate na bibili ng pagkain or kung kaya, susupplyan ng pagkain. Yun ay nasa power ng ating LGUs,” he explained.
The memorandum released by the Palace defined the enhanced community quarantine as follows: “strict home quarantine shall be implemented in households; transporation shall be suspended; provision for food and essential health services shall be regulated; and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.”