In case you missed it, President Rodrigo Duterte announced last night that Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting August 4, 2020. This means that there will once again be limited movement within these areas.
Following that announcement, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) confirmed earlier today that the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), otherwise known as the number-coding scheme, will remain suspended under MECQ. Not that it should matter that much, as all non-essential workers are required to stay indoors at all times.
That said, if you need to drive out—to replenish your supplies, for example—do note the government also announced that quarantine passes are once again required. According to a report by CNN Philippines, Department of the Interior and Local Government spokesperson Jonathan Malaya confirmed that this will take effect along with the start of MECQ.
Authorized persons outside residence (APOR), on the other hand, will be allowed to go out as usual. For a full list of APORs, you can check out this previous story of ours.
In addition, there will be other stores aside from supermarkets that will be allowed to operate under MECQ—you can check that one out here. Likewise, you can also read our previous explainer for a more in-depth look at the differences between the various levels of community quarantine imposed by the government.
The government will implement MECQ in the aforementioned areas for 15 days, or until August 18, heeding the medical community’s plea for a quick “timeout” that made rounds on cyberspace just recently. Your guess is as good as ours regarding what will happen afterwards, though, but you can watch this space for further updates.