CALOOCAN City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan shortened the curfew hours in the city despite the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) still existing in Metro Manila due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Oca said the new curfew hours in Caloocan City is from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from the previous 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. which was in accordance with City Ordinance No. 0870 penned by Councilors Enteng Malapitan and Rose Mercado, concurred by the majority of the city council.
Councilor Malapitan explained in the ordinance that workers are now allowed to report for work but since public transportation remains limited, a lot of employees and workers stayed on the road for longer hours.
In addition, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) have given the go signal for the gradual resumption of dine-in services in restaurants but only on a limited capacity which causes a lot of customers to get caught in curfew due to long line queue.
Also stated in the ordinance that it is only practical and reasonable to shortened the curfew hours for the comfort and well-being of the people of Caloocan
However, Mayor Oca also reminded residents about the policy of the government that 21-years-old and below, senior citizens pregnant women and persons suffering from illness are not allowed to go out and should stay at home except for accessing necessities, emergency situation and going to work.
"Sa kabila ng pagpapaikli sa oras ng ating curfew, patuloy ang ating paalala sa pagsunod sa health protocols tulad ng pagpapanatili ng social distancing, pagsuot ng face mask at palagiang paghuhugas ng kamay o paggamit ng alcohol," Mayor Oca said.