The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines—specifically in Metro Manila—has been rising as of late. As a result of this recent surge, mayors in the capital have agreed to impose a synchronized 10pm-5am curfew across the metro.
To help enforce this, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy thousands of policemen around the city. “In consultation with our Chief PNP, General Debold Sinas, I have ordered the deployment of additional policemen to augment the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in the implementation of uniform curfew hours in Metro Manila from March 15 to March 31, 2021,” said PNP officer in charge Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
There will be personnel from the PNP–Highway Patrol Group, the Reactionary Standby Support Force, and other units. There will also be a total of 9,634 policemen from the Quezon City Police District, the Manila Police District, the Eastern Police District, and the Northern Police District that will be deployed.
In total, more than 373 checkpoints will be set up in various areas around Metro Manila. “The mission is plain and simple: All police forces will strictly implement the Uniform Curfew Hours from 10pm to 5am and will ensure that people in Metro Manila observe the minimum health safety standard protocol,” said Eleazar.
The public is also reminded that there will only be certain exemptions to the uniform curfew. Here they are, according to the PNP:
Persons exempted from Metro Manila curfew
- Medical practitioners, nurses, ambulance drivers, and other workers of medical facilities while on their way to and from work
- Attendants of other persons dealing with an emergency medical situation
- Persons who are obtaining emergency medical assistance for themselves or for other persons
- Drivers of delivery trucks while on their way to deliver essential goods/products
- Owners, vendors, and other persons involved in the transport and delivery of essential goods
- Private employees such as call center agents while on their way to and from work
- Construction workers while on their way to and from work
- Media practitioners while performing their job
- Persons who are traveling to or from the airport prior to or after a flight
- Drivers of private transportation used as shuttle services while on their way to and from work
- Members of law enforcement agencies, including Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other emergency responders
- Security guards and employees of open fast-food chains (take-out only)