Metro Manila Mayors Favor Allowing Teens to Go Out

For consumer spending.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

Metro Manila mayors are in favor of allowing teens, aged 15-17, to go out of their homes to boost  consumer spending, the head of the capital region's local executive council said Monday.

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who heads the Metro Manila Council, said mayors support the further easing of age-based restrictions to allow teens to go out.

"Ngayon po, payag na rin po ang Metro Manila Council, ang mga LGU na madagdagan ng 15 to 17 years old," Olivarez told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

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Olivarez added that it was also "conflicting" for the national government's COVID-19 pandemic response task force to allow arcades to open without allowing young people to go out of their homes.

In the Philippines, only those aged 18-65 can go out of their homes since the entire country remains under community quarantine.

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Over the weekend, the government's pandemic response task force allowed cinemas to reopen subject to local guidelines and allowed churches to increase capacity to to 50% from 30%.

Other industries that were allowed to reopen or expand their capacities include:

  • Driving schools
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers
  • Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, and limited social events at credited establishments of the Department of Tourism
  • Limited tourist attractions, such as parks, theme parks, natural sites and historical landmarks.

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