Shortened curfew hours in Metro Manila now being implemented

Updated Jun 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The new curfew starts from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. 

The unified curfew hours in Metro Manila are now set from 12:00 midnight until 4 a.m., as per Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution No. 21-10.

A picture of the QC rotunda

More time to move around means more business 

According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, this decision was reached by the group of Metro Manila Council when they took into account the lowering attack rate of the dreaded COVID-19 virus. On top of that, the National Capital Region (NCR) is currently experiencing better hospital bed occupancy rates. 

The new curfew now spans just four hours, which is shorter than the previous number of hours that were put in place back on May 1. Of note, NCR was under the more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine at that time. The aforementioned six-hour curfew was also active during the general community quarantine with heightened restrictions, which were put in place from May 15 to 31.  

With the shorter curfew hours, people will now have ample time to better access small and large businesses that are in need of support and patronage. Abalos says that this will help boost our economy.  

Furthermore, the shorter curfew hours might also serve to further help PUV drivers, who have been hit hard by the pandemic. For them, the shorter curfew hours mean more opportunity for work, and together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) Php 860 million in incentives, hopefully they can find their footing again. 

A picture of a PUV Jeepney in Metro Manila

Shorter curfew hours means more opportunities to cater to passengers

The decision of implementing shorter curfew hours is of course connected to the new quarantine status. For those unaware, it was announced that the quarantine status for Metro Manila and Bulacan starting June 16 to 30 is now GCQ “with some restrictions.” Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, however, will remain under GCQ “with heightened restrictions.” 

Currently, the total number of cases for the Philippines now sits at 1.32 million with 22,788 deaths. On the other hand, the country now have 1.23 million recoveries.  

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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