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MMDA Ready to Implement IATF Guidelines Once Metro Manila Shifts to GCQ

The agency will also follow guidelines from the Department of Transportation.
by Clara Rosales
May 6, 2020
Photo/s: Patrick Roque / Wikimedia

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on May 6 that it is ready for Metro Manila’s possible shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) on May 15.

The agency will wait for guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), said MMD Spokesperson Celine Pialago in a press briefing. The MMDA provides additional force and manpower for the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on checkpoints at boundaries. 

“Handa po ang MMDA na ipataw ang parusa base sa magiging guidelines na ilalabas once na ma-shift sa GCQ ang Metro Manila,” Pialago said.

Aside from the IATF, the MMDA will also wait for guidelines from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) regarding the limited capacity and partial operations of public transport and private vehicles.

"Puwede rin po ang ating mga enforcers na mag-implement po ng polisiya once na tayo ay nasa ilalim na sa GCQ," she added.

At present, Metro Manila is still under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced an extension. Non-essential travel in private vehicles is prohibited and public transport has temporarily ceased all operations.

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Under GCQ, public transport may resume partial operations, as long as passengers observe proper social distancing, undergo temperature scans, and wear masks.