GCQ in Metro Manila is Extended to November; Here's What It Means for You

Welcome to month 8 of the quarantine diaries.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The general community quarantine or GCQ in Metro Manila was extended until the end of November, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his weekly address to the nation on Tuesday. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know as the country enters the eighth month of quarantine.

Quarantine restrictions

Rstrictions are slowly easing for the capital region's nearly 13 million people to make way for the new normal. Read full story here.

Teens and senior citizens previously barred from leaving their homes during quarantine can now go outside. Read full story here.

Transportation and mobility

All expressway systems are expected to go cashless by Dec. 1 after an extension, but those without RFID stickers can still pass through while they're in line to get one. Read full story here.

Angkas and JoyRide are back to ferrying passengers on the road. Read full story here.

Commuters can sit one seat apart on public transport, making way for higher ridership and more passengers moved. Read full story here.

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Government services

Driver's license validity is extended for teens and senior citizens who couldn't renew during the quarantine period due to restrictions. Read full story here.

Voter's registration is taking a pause for All Souls' and All Saints' Day. Take note of the new registration schedule. Read full story here.

Travel and tourism

El Nido is opening up to visitors again as long as tourists present a negative RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel. Read full story here.

Need a break away from home? Metro Manila's top hotels are allowed to operate at full capacity for staycation bookings. Read full story here.

Foreign travel is allowed minus the antigen test before boarding. Read full story here.

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Foreigners can also enter the country starting next month. Read full story here.


Churches and places of worship can welcome more devotees as venue capacity is increased. Read full story here.

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