Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles appeared before the media this Friday morning to announce the set of guidelines to be released to the public with regards to the anouncement of President Duterte last Thursday evening.
In the meantime, Sec. Nograles explained further the travel restricions to be imposed come March 15 when the Community Quarantine takes effect in Metro Manila.
The Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will confer later along with Metro Manila mayors this afternoon to finalize the resolution to be submitted to the Office of the President. This resolution will be part of the Memorandum that will be implemented starting March 15.
International flights to and from Metro Manila is allowed
Further guidlines for travel restrictions will be reviewed within the day said Sec. Nograles, and exemptions will be discussed. Filipinos who are holders of permanent visas and their foreign spouses are also allowed to travel in the Philippines. However, stricter implementation of the health clearances will be performed at the terminals in Metro Manila. Arriving passengers might be required to stay in a quarantine facility if tested positive with COVID-19.
“The general rule for domestic travel to and from Metro Manila will be restricted except for exemptions,” said Nograles during the press conference in Malacañang Palace this morning.
Those who will be included in the exemptions are health workers, employees who live outside NCR but works in Metro Manila, government employees, and the rest who can show proof of work certificates and IDs. The movement of cargoes, food, and personal goods will be allowed to be transported and delivered, as long there are IDs that will be presented upon checkpoint entries.
“Intercity travel will be allowed, though there will be restrictions to follow should the LGUs have enforced its own community quarantine,” added Nograles.