Workers assured of access to Metro Manila–DILG

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By: Manila Bulletin

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año assured that workers living outside Metro Manila can still be allowed to enter the region despite the community quarantine set to be implemented beginning March 15.

Allaying such fears, Año said that employees from other areas will be allowed entry in Metro Manila if they can present their identification cards (ID) showing the addresses of their workplaces in NCR.

He said the total lockdown imposed in other countries affected by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) cannot be applied in the Philippines as the government had considered the predicament of millions of workers living in adjacent areas but are employed in the Metro Manila workplaces.

During the 30-day Metro Manila quarantine which starts on March 15 and ends on April 14, Año said personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had organized the checkpoints in and out of Metro Manila.

“Land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended after beginning March 15, 2020, and to end on April 14, 2020, alas dose (at 12 am) subject to the daily review of the Inter-Agency Task Force,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a televised feed on Thursday night.


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