THE Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), presented three recommendations to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious (IATF) in the National Capital Region (NCR) while under general community quarantine.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said all 17 mayors of Metro Manila unanimously recommended three measures including the shortening of curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. except in Navotas City where curfew hours will remain from 8 pm to 5 am, allow NCR residents aged 18 to 65 years old to go outside their residences in Metro Manila and increase the capacity of churches to 30 percent.
“These three major recommendations are dependent on the approval of the IATF,” Garcia said in a virtual press briefing on Monday.
Garcia added MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim presided the MMC meeting participated by the Metro Manila mayors held on Sunday night.
According to Garcia, adjustment on the age group allowed to go out of their residences in Metro Manila aims to help boost the economy as more businesses open.
However, Garcia appealed to the public to avoid leisure travel and follow health and safety protocols against COVID-19 as the government has been able to control the transmission of the virus in the NCR.
Meanwhile, more jeepney routes will be opened amid the increasing demand for public transportation in Metro Manila based on suggestions of the Metro Manila mayors in another meeting with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra.
Garcia said Metro Manila mayors have also recommended the extension of the GCQ until the end of the year as the situation is getting better in the metropolis. Metro Manila is currently under GCQ until October 31.
“As the number of COVID-19 cases go down, we open the businesses gradually,” Garcia said.