Confusion over Manila emergency lockdown

Commuters and businesses in Metro Manila are looking for clarity and guidance after the government imposed a one-month lockdown of the metropolitan area due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to government orders, more than twelve million people living in Metro Manila will not be allowed in and out of the region by land, local air travel and local sea travel starting from midnight on March 15 until April 14 as the region will placed under community quarantine. The Philippine National Police will be manning the entry and exit points in Metro Manila, according to officials.

However, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte dramatically announced the lockdown, his cabinet secretaries began to back-pedal with so many exemptions that observers said they had made a mockery of what was billed as a “total” ban on land, sea and air travel.

Commuters living outside Metro Manila who can prove they work in the capital area would be among those exempt from the ban. This means that more than two million people are allowed to travel in and out on a daily basis. Business owners would also be allowed in and out.

International travel into Metro Manila will be allowed but is subject to some restrictions, while Filipinos flying home from abroad will be allowed but have to follow quarantine orders. Foreigners flying to their home countries abroad will also be allowed to leave. Anyone flying into the Philippines via Manila Airport has to remain in Metro Manila.

Quezon City mayor: Lockdown “unrealistic”

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmote has said she was against the imposition of a city-wide lockdown, which will restrict travel of its three million residents, noting that it was “unrealistic” to impose it on the largest city in Metro Manila.

George Barcelon, president emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said there are “many issues that needs to be clarified.”

“Some of company staff are working outside Manila. They said they will be allowed but there will be checkpoints. That will cause undue delay,” he said.

The lockdown is further set to curb economic growth and make an interest-rate cut by the country’s central bank more likely. Growth could weaken to below six per cent in the first quarter of the year, according to Nicholas Mapa, an economist at ING Bank in Manila. The Metro Manila region accounts for 40 per cent of the Philippines’ gross domestic product, a figure that rises to nearly two-thirds if surrounding localities are included.



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Commuters and businesses in Metro Manila are looking for clarity and guidance after the government imposed a one-month lockdown of the metropolitan area due to the coronavirus crisis. According to government orders, more than twelve million people living in Metro Manila will not be allowed in and out of the region by land, local air travel and local sea travel starting from midnight on March 15 until April 14 as the region will placed under community quarantine. The Philippine National Police will be manning the entry and exit points in Metro Manila, according to officials. However, hours after President Rodrigo...

Commuters and businesses in Metro Manila are looking for clarity and guidance after the government imposed a one-month lockdown of the metropolitan area due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to government orders, more than twelve million people living in Metro Manila will not be allowed in and out of the region by land, local air travel and local sea travel starting from midnight on March 15 until April 14 as the region will placed under community quarantine. The Philippine National Police will be manning the entry and exit points in Metro Manila, according to officials.

However, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte dramatically announced the lockdown, his cabinet secretaries began to back-pedal with so many exemptions that observers said they had made a mockery of what was billed as a “total” ban on land, sea and air travel.

Commuters living outside Metro Manila who can prove they work in the capital area would be among those exempt from the ban. This means that more than two million people are allowed to travel in and out on a daily basis. Business owners would also be allowed in and out.

International travel into Metro Manila will be allowed but is subject to some restrictions, while Filipinos flying home from abroad will be allowed but have to follow quarantine orders. Foreigners flying to their home countries abroad will also be allowed to leave. Anyone flying into the Philippines via Manila Airport has to remain in Metro Manila.

Quezon City mayor: Lockdown “unrealistic”

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmote has said she was against the imposition of a city-wide lockdown, which will restrict travel of its three million residents, noting that it was “unrealistic” to impose it on the largest city in Metro Manila.

George Barcelon, president emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said there are “many issues that needs to be clarified.”

“Some of company staff are working outside Manila. They said they will be allowed but there will be checkpoints. That will cause undue delay,” he said.

The lockdown is further set to curb economic growth and make an interest-rate cut by the country’s central bank more likely. Growth could weaken to below six per cent in the first quarter of the year, according to Nicholas Mapa, an economist at ING Bank in Manila. The Metro Manila region accounts for 40 per cent of the Philippines’ gross domestic product, a figure that rises to nearly two-thirds if surrounding localities are included.



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